The Parable of The Office

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"Mr. Bee" has 5 kids. He comes home everyday drunk, arrogant and rude to everyone except those who pour him more liquor or feed his ego. He lays out insults while name calling or abusing his wife and kids. When his neighbors tell him to tune down his erratic behavior, they too get insults and name calling. He is the head of the household who is expected to lead by showing the kids what respect means, not perfectly rather by taking the parental responsibility seriously.

Anyone who questioned Mr. Bee's ability to be a parent or challenged Mr. Bee was met with force and retaliation. Mr. Bee enjoyed his abuse of power because he was in fact in charge of his household. Even law enforcement was not immune to his insults. One day, kids numbers 4 and 5 got tired of the abuse from their Dad. They both told their Dad to stop the continuous abuse and start being a Dad. Kid number 3 was quick to jump in, essentially telling the other kids to be respectful of their parents. Kid number 3 believes no one has the right to speak truth to the power of the "parental office" regardless if they like the behavior of their Dad or not.

The bible speaks about parents not provoking their children to wrath or anger (Ephesians 6:4) and the same should apply with leaders to their followers. Holding a position is not an excuse to be out of control and lawless. When you provoke people unto anger, it's on you to fix, not them. If you want your kids to respect your "office" of parenthood, why don't you show them what respect means and start by first showing that "parental office" some respect? In this "parable" and as you may have already guessed:
  • The "Parental Office" or position represents The office of the Presidency, which deserves respect.
  • The Dad represents the current President of the United States and the concerned neighbors represent the leaders of other countries.
  • The Wife represents other leaders in government working alongside the President.
  • The five Kids represent the citizens of the United States of America
  • The two kids (numbers 4 and 5) who spoke up represents people who understands the meaning of basic human decency. No, they are not being disrespectful by asking their abusive Dad to stop being abusive and show qualities required of a parent.
  • The one kid (number 3) who told everyone to basically be quiet and show respect for "the parental office" represent the people that keep saying to respect the office of the presidency without ever going as far as to say the holder of the office himself needs to stop the insults and abuse of the office he holds.
  • The other kids (numbers 1 and 2) represent people who don't want to speak up about what they know is wrong with their Dad. They also don't want to speak up in support of "the parental office" due to the unacceptable behavior of the office holder, their Dad. Kids 1 and 2 don't want to offend either of their siblings and certainly don't want to be classified as being disrespectful when they speak up, so they choose to just be quiet just like most people in society today.
Any leader can lead and have policies that people agree or disagree with but you definitely cannot lead if you spend your everyday life insulting everyone who disagrees with you like the Dad in this story (Proverbs 17:9). Cheering for those who say what you want them to say about you as a leader by singing your praises is like the Dad who only likes those that keep feeding his ego and pouring him more wine even when he is clearly drunk on power. Proverbs 17:12. Speaking of name calling, below is the president's tweet earlier today and he does this multiple times throughout the day, almost daily. Yes, today, on a Sunday morning while most Christians were busy either worshiping God, defending Trump or fighting with each other because of Trump. Then he picks a fight with a Navy Seal; not to mention his continued defense of the Saudi crowned prince who ordered the killing of a Washington Post journalist. Even after the CIA showed him all the evidence he brushed it off. Yes, we're still talking about today alone, Sunday Nov. 18th, 2018 just to name a few. How can people get along in this kind of atmosphere if we are refusing to call a spade a spade? When money trumps morality, then we all loose - no pun intended.

It's sad to see most "churches" these days preach about respecting the office of the presidency because it's the only way they can defend the President's actions without actually saying it outright. Have you ever heard people going around and saying "disrespect" the office of the president? The answer is NO because anyone with common sense knows the office needs to be respected and speaking truth to power is NOT disrespect. Even when you disagree with the president's behavior, you are considered "disrespectful to the office of the presidency." The more I travel the more I hear the same thing and it's becoming a common theme even among Christians. Most people don't really need to be told to respect the office. Most people already know this and generally do respect the office.
  • My question is, if this is not politically motivated, how often are these churches preaching about the office holder himself taming his tongue and respecting the office he holds? "A wicked person listens to deceitful lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue." - Proverbs 17:4
Anyone who claims they don't see a "destructive tongue" in the White House is either a wicked person or a liar as seen in Proverbs 17:4 above. A destructive tongue continually pours out vile words, insults and abuses with no conscience to ever acknowledge any wrong doing or issue apologies. The last time I checked, the tongue remains the most powerful and divisive weapon we have and the Bible agrees (Jame 3:5-12). I've worshiped at hundreds of congregations in my lifetime and I don't remember the last time congregants had to be reminded constantly to "respect the office" of the presidency. I guess it speaks volumes about the parable above and the current situation.

Sadly enough, just a few years back, I do remember many Christians saying how the previous president Obama needed to be voted out of office for saying he "supports gay marriage" because it contradicts "Christian Values." I agree about the "Christian value" part but why was it made political in our churches and no one said anything about respecting the office then but the same "values" easily disappears out the window for president Trump? Well, let us all continuously mock the poor and make fun of people based on a situation they find themselves in, which they have no control over like their stature or looks (Proverbs 17:5); or not.

www.abrahaminetianbor.comIn contrast, when a scriptural issue of marriage turned political, not much was said in these churches about "respecting the office" during those years of Obama. If they did, I did not hear any such thing at any congregation where I worshiped or visited. I thought we have one Bible that doesn't take sides with any kind of evil action? I guess President Trump is a true representation of Christian values. Well, what else are we suppose to expect from someone who encourages violence and vow to pay any legal fees that results from such while claiming that apologizing for wrong doing is a sign of weakness?
Like I often say, my issue with the current president is not "religion" or "policies" or expectation of a "perfect" behavior. It is, and always will be lack of BASIC HUMAN DECENCY. I repeat, lack of basic human decency. Basic - Basic - Basic.
  • Is this too much to ask?
  • Can the president go 24 hours without name calling, insults, belittling or bullying someone who disagrees with him?
  • Why all the never ending made up stories for his base sake even when the truth will do him justice?
  • Why is every criticism of him considered "fake news" when these are mostly tapes of him saying or doing something?
  • Oh, his tweets are fake too?
If you still think the lack of basic human decency in a leader is OK, then God bless your soul. Be careful what you say if you want to stay out of trouble (Proverbs 21:23). If you are a quarrelsome person that enjoys trouble or discord, then continue to speak before you think and celebrate having a loose tongue; just don't blame others for the trouble you create.

The word of God is universal and there is one Bible in one world. One country doesn't make up the entire world just like one congregation doesn't make up the Church that Jesus died for. We need to stop looking for exceptions to the "golden rule" and look at the mirror to see why a lot of young people are leaving the Church. Maybe we should focus on our calling; look at Titus 1:5-16 every so often for where our priority should be for the kind of leadership that God really cares about inside his house - the Church. And see if we are doing our jobs as spiritual Israelite instead of finding ways to defend the indefensible worldly leadership. 

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