A government or president that keeps the Commandments, statutes and Laws of God deserves respect. They would have authority with God. Corrupt governments and leaders propped up by wealth, weapons and power do not deserve respect. They only achieve it through fear and threat. Knowing this, these powers enlist false teachers to convince you that you should submit to authority and that failure to do so will result in tragedy and social unrest. The fact is, corrupt governments and leaders are the cause.
Pat Robertson recently stated the following regarding the shootings in Las Vegas:
“Violence in the streets, ladies and gentlemen. Why is it happening? The fact that we have disrespect for authority; there is profound disrespect for our president, all across this nation they say terrible things about him. It’s in the news, it’s in other places. There is disrespect now for our national anthem, disrespect for our veterans, disrespect for the institutions of our government, disrespect for the court system. All the way up and down the line, disrespect.”
What exactly is idolatry? This probably seems like an odd question. In scripture, the subject of idolatry is one of the most covered topics. The question, however, is not whether God commands against idolatry, which He most assuredly does, but what is it? The argument has been made that when praying to an image or a statue, it is not idolatry as long as it’s done in reverence to the person or “saint” the image represents, and as long as you do it in the worship of and love for God.
In Ex 20 (the Ten Commandments) God commands against worshiping “graven images or any likeness” stating,
“You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them” Exodus 20:5
God is so adamant about this that it takes three verses to cover this one commandment. He refers to the idolaters as “them that hate Me.”
Webster defines idolatry as “the worship of a physical object as a god.” This is a very simple and concise definition, but it does not cover the full scope. What about the worship of God through a physical object? Does God appreciate your worship even if it comes through a statue or a painting or a “holy” wall or a big black box? As long as you are worshiping God why does it matter how you do it?