What Happened to Respect?

by Richard Mansel, managing edtor
beautifulrose2.jpgA high school hosts an orientation for incoming freshman and their parents. The teachers and administrators struggle to shout over the noise of the talking parents and their cell phones.
The teachers know they are in for a long year.
Respect, civility and manners are antiquated ideas today. Obnoxious, crude and profane have taken their place on the stage. Bleeps ring louder than the graceful words of peace and the foul gesture slaps down the handshake.
Accordingly, the world becomes an increasingly inhospitable place.
Children curse their parents and push them around. Entertainment is pervasively coarse, built on insults and defamation. We have bred a litigious society of revenge and destruction that instills distrust and hate.
Sex has become a religion and women’s bodies are the sacrifice. They allow themselves the degradation, for the joy of an insatiable public. Men become users in this religion and shells of their former selves.
Will the West survive the downward spiral of disrespect and filth? How do we stand against the consuming evil of the people in Genesis 6:5? Are we worse than they were?
Ultimately, disrespect attacks life, love, humanity and the Lord with amazing alacrity.
God’s people stand against a tidal wave of devilish behavior (1 Peter 5:8). Battling against it on our own is laughable. The wave will crush us, without the spiritual armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17).
God’s way has to rise above the muck and be elevated to its place of honor, in our lives. Souls that find salvation from the filth, restore respect for God in their hearts.
Reverence for Scripture and his words are axiomatic to being a Christian. God’s name must never become profanity. God’s first name is not “ohmy.”
To dare to deface his name is to place ourselves before the flaming wrath of God (Hebrews 10:31; 2 Thessalonians 1:9).
God made everyone in the image of God and therefore all humans deserve a measure of respect (Genesis 1:27).
Is respect an earned quality? In some ways, but authority figures deserve respect because of their position. God never has to earn respect, neither does Scripture.
We give everyone respect until they lose it, not the other way around.
“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12, NKJV).
We must humble ourselves and restore civility and respect or we will lose everything.

3 Replies to “What Happened to Respect?”

  1. Thanks for a great article and a reminder to be respectful. If Christians would practice this it could be said of us that we are known by our love.

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