We increasingly see a general lack of respect and rudeness in our society. This is a result of our rejection of basic Biblical values.
[Gary Petty] On Beyond Today , we get a lot of emails from people that ask questions or ask for our input on certain subjects. We got this one from “W”. He said, “Comment on the lack of respect in society.”
You know, it does seem like there’s a lot of lack of respect, the way people treat each other in our society that we live in, especially here in the United States. And we wonder why. And part of it is a failure of Christianity. We claim that we’re a Christian country, and yet people don’t respect each other, don’t respect the elderly, which is commanded in the Scripture, to respect the elderly. Young people don’t respect their parents. The Bible says to honor your father and your mother.
When you get down to it, it’s a lack of love. 1 Corinthians chapter 13 the Apostle Paul wrote about agape, that’s godly love, not just feeling good about each other, but what God’s love is all about (1 Corinthians 13:1-13 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profits me nothing.
4 Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil;
6 Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
7 Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Charity never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now stays faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
American King James Version×). And you go read that, 1 Corinthians 13. You will see that the Apostle Paul wrote that it is kind and it is not rude. It’s how we treat each other.
So the lack of respect in this country, how do we fix it? We start with you. We start with me. We start being kind. We start to treat each other in a way that’s not rude. We start carrying out 1 Corinthians chapter 13. We start honoring our parents and then we let God help us change the world.
That’s today’s BT Daily .