Showing respect as far as we know is a reciprocal obligation. We always say, respect my person and I will respect you too.
There are different ways of addressing or referring people. Courtesy titles are used as a good gestures of showing respect. To mention a few, we used the following: His excellency, his imminence, reverend, holy, most high, holy most high, holy father, whatsoever even knowing that the person is corrupt, wicked and unjust.
Prov 18:5 [It is] not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
These people who are close to them introduced bombastic speeches, respecting men’s position in hope of reward.
Jude 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling [words], having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
One may ask, could you say to a brother, parent, friend, leader, president or a king face to face that he is corrupt and wicked? My answer is yes, if you really love the person and wanted the best for him in his sake.
Mark 6:17 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife: for he had married her.
Mark 6:18 For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife.
But who may say that a man may not take what is not his, do you not take what is not yours? Who may say that a man may not be untrue to his wife, are you true to yours? Who may say that the citizens should respect the law, are you not a leader who violates the law?
In reality the good man is hated even by his neighbor, but the corrupt man of wealth has numbers of friends. It should be the other way around.
Prov 14:19 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
The commandment is to honor all men regardless of his status in life.
1Pet 2:17 Honour all [men]. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
Job 34:19 [How much less to him] that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all [are] the work of his hands.
Rom 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute [is due]; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
But be haters of what is evil and keep your minds fixed on what is good.
Isa 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!