Respect your elders! Nothing wrong with that. Our culture needs a good dose of this admonition. It’s just plain courtesy, and it’s biblical to boot! (1 Timothy 5:1-2)
But at the same time I wish more of our culture’s “elders” would respect themselves. I wish more of our nation’s elders would realize how strong their influence actually is and how strong it could be.
I read a “fortune cookie” yesterday that said: “Time makes one wise. Ask advice from someone older than you.”
While this a good rule of thumb to go by in many instances, such is not the case in every instance…have you noticed the average age of our leading politicians?
When it comes to receiving advice, spiritually speaking and beyond, there is this vital caveat to keep in mind when it comes to the relationship between age and wisdom worth passing on: “The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.” (Proverbs 16:31)
I suppose there is a difference between time-learned and time-served, and such being the case, older doesn’t necessarily mean wiser, for one must always consider the source of the advice being given, the desired goal and how it all compares to the guidance that comes from following the righteousness of God.
“I understand more than the ancients, because I keep your precepts.” (Psalm 119:100)