Mr., Mrs., Sir and Mam
R-E-S-P-E-C-T! The word demands attention. Cartoons spoof it. Anarchists hate it. People have written songs about it. Even the Bible talks about it:
“Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” (1 Peter 2:17).
“Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.” (Romans 13:7)
When it comes to the teachings of the Bible and Christianity, showing respect has more to do with being the rule than it has to do with being the Golden Rule. Showing respect is important because showing respect says something even when it says nothing!
Judges expect respect with the word honor. The President is Mr. President. Superiors in the military regularly hear Sir and Mam. The same principle applies to teachers, police officers, bosses and even those who are elder in age. These are all things that are expected respected situations. We understand this…or at least we should.
Children are taught about these things because they need to learn to have and to show respect. A failure to teach children about the importance of respect will eventually lead to a disrespectful attitude that leads to an unrespectable life that displays a lack of self-respect. It’s amazing how big a difference a little respect can make in the life of child.
Along the same lines, Christians are reminded about this for the same reasons. As adults, there are times when we want to show respect only to those who show respect toward us. But our calling as God’s people goes beyond that limitation. God desires that we show respect to others out of respect for Him. Even if they don’t respect us or Him! It’s not so much whether or not we’re able to say “I don’t get no respect” but whether or not we’re able to say we show respect to others because we respect God.
So for these reasons alone I’m going to give a “respectable” effort and try to do better when it comes to showing more respect. How about you? EA
“Now when Michael, one of the chief angels, was fighting against the Evil One for the body of Moses, fearing to make use of violent words against him, he only said, May the Lord be your judge.” (Jude 9 – BBE)