Nena Arias | March 15, 2021
“Refusing to respect God, is the greatest of all tragedies.”
~ Nena Arias ~
When a society loses respect for God, loss for all authority is sure to come because the major structure of what holds society together begins to crumble. It’s just a matter of time that the next major structure of authority, the traditional, classic family becomes fractured and it’s a domino effect throughout all of society from then on. The disrespect of children for their parents, in our times is appalling. My hat is off to public school teachers for what they have to face in the classrooms which in reality are dens of hooligans and figures of authority loses the importance it once had. Disinterest in political processes begins to grow reaching a climax in total disrespect for even the highest position of authority in a nation like its president.
I have seven decades of experience at life, and I have never seen such blatant disrespect for the president of our nation like we just experienced with the Trump presidency and the breakdown continues with the acting president. We are a broken society in many ways, and it is reflecting all the way up and down our structure of authority.
The total disregard and disrespect that we are seeing from some segments of our society to provoke and disgrace our law enforcement is appalling, to say the least. A call that seems to be growing is to ban the police force. Give me a break! What are people thinking that will lead us to? Do they know they are advocating total anarchy? Yet the hypocrisy of those same people to continue to call 911, which is our emergency number for first responders, the very people who throw harmful objects at our police force like frozen water bottles, food cans, water buckets, they spit at them and taunt them to no end and all of it with no impunity!
I was gratified to see that finally someone is doing something to bring law and order back when I learned that the Kentucky Senate voted to make it a crime to taunt police in hopes to reestablish law and order and quelch the huge violent protests we have witnessed lately. The lack of impunity has only emboldened the perpetrators. People have suffered tremendous loss of businesses, private property and the sanity in their communities. The article on AOL states that “Under the legislation, anyone who ‘accosts, insults, taunts, or challenges a law enforcement officer with offensive or derisive words, or by gestures or other physical contact, that would have a direct tendency to provoke a violent response’ would be guilty of a misdemeanor and face up to 90 days in jail and fines. The proposal also increases penalties for rioting. For instance, those charged with rioting would be required to be held for a minimum of 48 hours. Another provision would criminalize aiming ‘a light, a laser pointer, an activated horn or other noise-making device towards the head’ of a first responder.” And I say, Amen to that!
Granted, mistakes are made by law enforcement but for the most part elements of our law enforcement are stellar in their performance to keep society safe by catching lawbreakers and carrying out the oath of office they took when they joined law enforcement. No amount of money can compensate them properly to put themselves in danger of losing their life for what they do. They have to say a final goodbye to their families every single day because they never know if that will be the last time they will get to see them alive. That is true dedication to serve for law and order, and they are to be commended and respected not disgraced and mistreated. These brave men and women fit the bill of what John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
Respect for authority begins on the individual level when God is respected. It then trickles down to the immediate family when the structure for the family, as instituted by God, is followed and taught to the children who will than go out into society and live by these good values.