In previous years, I have had a perspective about respecting authority which may not have been Biblical. My perspective was, that to “respect authority” all I needed to do was not break the laws. At least not break significant ones! I feel strongly that God’s law comes first and man’s second.
One of the rarest phrases I have heard in Cambodia is “Thank you”. I have literally provided millions of dollars of assistance to Cambodians over the last fifteen years. I can count the number of times that I have been told thank you. On December 25, 2009 the Governor of Banteay Meanchey publically expressed his gratitude to Noit and I for our efforts to help the children.
For the first time in my life, I did not have a family Christmas on December 25. I chose to do it on December 23, so that I could join with hundreds of Christians and dozens of Government officials in Banteay Meanchey to celebrate Cambodia’s only official Christmas.