Listen to this sermon to learn what God teaches us about respect for God and man.
Respect – The Missing Fundamental
Listen to this sermon to find out what God teaches us about respect.
One social trend is for celebrities to get involved in politics, and claim they have the answers to our nation’s problems. People attack those that they disagree with, suing them in court and sometimes even physically attacking them. Kathy Griffin even posed with a likeness of President Trump’s severed head. The Berkeley University of California used to be the bastion of free speech but now does not allow it. Our President is vilified every day; he is the target of disrespect. Recently a little eight-year old boy came up to me at church and politely sought my attention; he showed respect. Respect is a missing fundamental in today’s society.
Respect is defined as “that which is worthy of high or special regard.” Respect is at the center of the Ten Commandments. The first four commandments require respect and love for God, and the last six commandments require love and respect for our fellow man.
The Jewish Study Bible says that a fake oath or using God’s name casually shows God disrespect. For example, we honor God by our presence when we keep the Fourth Commandment. God created the seventh day Sabbath as a special gift. If we dismiss the seventh day Sabbath, we disrespect our Creator.
(Isaiah 58:13-14 Isaiah 58:13-14  If you turn away your foot from the sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honorable; and shall honor him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words:
 Then shall you delight yourself in the LORD; and I will cause you to ride on the high places of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father: for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it.
American King James Version×)
“’If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD's holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.’ For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (NIV)
By your words you will be justified or condemned.
(Matthew 12:34-37 Matthew 12:34-37  O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.
 But I say to you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
 For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.
American King James Version×)
“Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." (NKJV)
Respect does not necessarily mean you condone or agree with others.
When a judge enters a court room, everyone is required to stand and men take off their hats. Perhaps this custom comes from the bible.
“Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved.”
Respect is shown to the judge in the courtroom.
We stand for the opening and closing prayer at church services to show respect to God.
In Matthew 22:1-14 Matthew 22:1-14  And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables, and said,
 The kingdom of heaven is like to a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatted calves are killed, and all things are ready: come to the marriage.
 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
 Then said he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
 Go you therefore into the highways, and as many as you shall find, bid to the marriage.
 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
 And he said to him, Friend, how came you in here not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
 For many are called, but few are chosen.
American King James Version×we read about a parable where a wedding was arranged for the King’s son; a guest showed up at the wedding and did not wear an appropriate wedding garment. The guest showed disrespect to the King and his son.
In 1Timothy 2:9-11 Paul advises women to dress in a way that shows humility and respect.
The Fifth Commandment requires children to honor their parents, which is to show them respect.
A child that is taught to respect God and keep His commandments, His laws, has little trouble respecting the laws of man.
The Sixth Commandment shows respect for life. The Seventh Commandment requires respect for our mate. The Eighth Commandment demands respect for the property of others. The Ninth Commandment shows respect for the truth, and the Tenth Commandment requires respect for what God has given us.
In Romans 13:1-7 Romans 13:1-7  Let every soul be subject to the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
 Whoever therefore resists the power, resists the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Will you then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and you shall have praise of the same:
 For he is the minister of God to you for good. But if you do that which is evil, be afraid; for he bears not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath on him that does evil.
 Why you must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
 For for this cause pay you tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually on this very thing.
 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.
American King James Version×we learn to render to all their due.
Daniel 4:17 Daniel 4:17This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomsoever he will, and sets up over it the basest of men.
American King James Version×offers a find point on God’s relationship with mankind.
In Titus 3:1-11 Titus 3:1-11  Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness to all men.
 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
 But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared,
 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior;
 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that you affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.
 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
 A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject;
 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sins, being condemned of himself.
American King James Version×we are instructed to avoid foolish things and divisive people. We are to show respect to others by submitting to one another in the fear of God (Ephesians 5:15-21 Ephesians 5:15-21  See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Why be you not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;  Giving thanks always for all things to God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;  Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
American King James Version×).
We are to show respect to our supervisors and/or bosses (Ephesians 6:1-5 Ephesians 6:1-5  Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
 Honor your father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
 That it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth.
 And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as to Christ;
American King James Version×).
We should respect the lives of others and their life experience (Philippians 2:4 Philippians 2:4Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
American King James Version×).
We need to respect our own body (1Corinthians 6:19-20).
Respect begins at home. Respect for God and man is a mandate!