Honor everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God. Honor the emperor. (1 Peter 2:17, NRSV)

I read it this way:

— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Fear (revere) God.

— — — — — — — — — Love the family of believers.

Honor (treat people right) everyone. Honor the emperor.

In other words, reverence for God comes first. Love for the family of God comes next. Lowest on the totem pole comes everyone else, including the people the world considers to be most important.

Those people still need to be honored, but no higher than anyone else.

That speaks to our celebrity culture and our political culture.

Keep the right priorities.