Why do I have to respect my teacher?
Here's the answer:
We should respect our teachers because God has told us that all authority comes from Him. A teacher is the authority that is placed over us by the school system, which is a part of the legal authority, and therefore, we should respect him or her.
If we respect God, and we should, then we should also respect the authority that God has placed over us. The first authority we know is our dad and mom. God instructs our parents to raise us up to love and obey Him, and as we learn to respect and obey their authority, we learn how to have respect for the rest of the authority that God has put in place over us.
What kinds of authority did God place over us? The first law to obey our parents comes in the Ten Commandments. We are also to obey our country and local governments. Those governments appoint our teachers. The teacher stands as the authority, and she is the "delegated" authority over her class. That delegated authority is given to her by the principle and the school board. Delegated authority means that someone with "say so" gives someone else permission to be in charge. We may not like or agree with our teachers. However, as long as they are the teachers, we should respect and obey them because their "delegated" authority first starts with God.
The Bible tells us to obey the authority over us, and obedience also means that we respect or honor them.
"All of you must obey those who rule over you. There are no authorities except the ones God has chosen. Those who now rule have been chosen by God. So whoever opposes the authorities opposes leaders whom God has appointed. Those who do that will be judged" (Romans 13:1-2).
"Pray for kings. Pray for everyone who is in authority. Pray that we can live peaceful and quiet lives. And pray that we will be godly and holy" (1 Timothy 2:2).
"Show proper respect to everyone. Love the family of believers. Have respect for God..." (1 Peter 2:17).