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  • John T. Polk II 9:50 am on 2015-06-18 Permalink | Reply
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    6-19-2015 Missing Fathers Days 

    Father’s Day” began with memorial service held in 1908 for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in December 1907. According to the website timeanddate.com, “Father’s Day is an occasion to mark and celebrate the contribution that your own father has made to your life.” “Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?” (Hebrews 12:9 NKJV). One of the major problems in our society are all the children who don’t know their “human father” and have not learned to respect someone who loves them and cares about their behavior. Respect and obedience are learned from a father—unless he’s not there!

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
  • Ron Thomas 7:00 am on 2014-10-24 Permalink | Reply
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    Authority and Respect 

    On occasion we speak about authority in religion, putting emphasis on God’s authority in the things we do as the body of Christ in our worship to Him. This is most appropriate, and we ought not to minimize it like, unfortunately, some do. Not only are we to operate this way, but our respect for authority needs to be in place before obedience can express itself properly.

    To respect authority is to look at one who is in a position that demands attention and submission. One’s parents are in position that demands attention and submission; one’s teacher is the same. The submission that one gives to a parent may not be the same that one gives to a teacher, but there is similarity.

    When the Lord said to His disciples that He had all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18), He did not delegate that authority to anyone else. It is still His authority, and it is to Him that we submit ourselves. To not submit to His authority do is to fall under the disappointment and disapproval of the Lord Himself (Luke 6:46).

    How does one show respect toward authority? One shows respect toward authority by submission, that is, by obeying the one who is in position of responsibility in exercising that authority. This can be done willfully or unwillingly. If it is the latter, then respect is in mere appearance, not in substance. If it is the former, then respect is not only in the deed (act of submission), but in the heart (substance) also.

    While toward man we might feign appearance of respect, there is no such feigning to the Lord. To man we don’t answer, but to the Lord we must.

     
  • John T. Polk II 7:00 am on 2014-07-02 Permalink | Reply
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    (#191) The Proverbs of Solomon 28:24-Robbing “The Greatest Generation” 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 28:24: “Whoever robs his father or his mother, And says, ‘It is no transgression,’ The same is companion to a destroyer.”

    Respect for parents keeps civilization alive. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12) is repeated in the Law of Jesus Christ: “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’” (Ephesians 6:1-3). It is this endearing quality in humanity that is the backbone of an enduring society. In addition to our fathers passing along to us “life,” they should have “corrected us,” and we should have “paid them respect” (Hebrews 12:9). But the commandment honors both father “and mother!” A mother’s womb is a person’s first safe house where God develops it (Psalm 139:13-16), and while unborn, the baby has not done “any good or evil” (Romans 9:11). The “fruit of the womb” is our inheritance from God (Psalm 127:3), and only godless, vicious people would “have no pity on the fruit of the womb” (Isaiah 13:17-18).

    It’s too bad in our society, often it is honoring one or the other parent, or neither at all! Whether we break into their houses and rob their possessions, or stealing our time away from them, or letting greedy government take their earnings, when      and how do we honor our parents? Because they have lived through deprivation and destruction, they have been termed “the greatest generation.” But do they deserve our dereliction of duty to “honor” them? Not just that generation, but each generation that includes our parents deserves our “honor” and “respect.”

    The Israelite Nation rejected God’s Son (John 1:11-12), and their destruction also included what they had done at home: “Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death” (Mark 13:12). What have we done to either protect or rob our parents? No child should dishonor its parent(s) and pass it off by saying “it is no transgression”—because it is! No society can last that disrespects its parents!

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • John T. Polk II 11:04 am on 2014-05-29 Permalink | Reply
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    (#177) The Proverbs of Solomon 26:1-Wasted R-E-S-P-E-C-T 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 26:1: “As snow in summer and rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool.”

    Some things don’t even belong together in real life, for God “gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season. He reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest” (Jeremiah 5:24); and “snow” cannot fall in the hottest part of the year! Another proverb says “Like one who binds a stone in a sling Is he who gives honor to a fool” (Proverbs 26:8), for if a stone doesn’t leave the sling, it is a completely wasted effort.

    “Honor” is “respect, esteem, admiration, reverence,” and God’s rule throughout the Bible is “those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed” (1 Samuel 2:30); “glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God” (Romans 2:10-11); “knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality” (Colossians 3:24-25).

    It is to be given selectively to people who show it toward God and His Word: “And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen. Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen” (Exodus 14:17-18; Psalm 66:1-7); “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down” (Daniel 4:37); “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17).

    “Honor” should be given to: “father and mother” (Ephesians 6:2-3), “the presence of an old man” (Leviticus 19:32), church “elders” (1 Timothy 5:17), “all” people (1 Peter 2:17), and “the king” (1 Peter 2:17).

    “Honor” should not go to people just because they are: “mighty” (Leviticus 19:15), “receive honor from one another” (John 5:44), or a “fool” (Proverbs 26:1). It profanes our honor of God when we waste it upon people who “do not seek the honor that comes from the only God” (John 5:44). We should give “honor to whom honor” (Romans 13:7). Be careful whom you honor.

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-04-10 Permalink | Reply
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    (#170) The Proverbs of Solomon 24:21-22-Can this be saved? 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 24:21-22: “My son, fear the LORD and the king; Do not associate with those given to change; For their calamity will rise suddenly, And who knows the ruin those two can bring?”

    “Fear” here is used in the sense of “respect,” and since “there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (Romans 13:1), then those who respect God’s authority will never set about to overthrow or disrespect “the authorities that exist.” This is clearly expressed in other passages, such as Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13-17. “The king” who was to govern over God’s people, however, was commanded by God, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel” (Deuteronomy 17:18-20). “The king” (representing the highest authority in government) should (1) read the God-given Scriptures; (2) respect their authority by yielding to their commandments; (3) not consider himself above the law! In other words, if a “king” wants the respect of those who respect God, he must show respect to God!

    Those “given to change,” are the restless souls who feel the establishment cannot be right, any “new” way has to be better, and they, therefore, seek to “fundamentally change” whatever constitutional regulations that exist! Countries where this spark has been fanned into flames have burned their flags, ignored their constitutional laws, and been ruled by those who think themselves above the law! This is of the Devil, for this was the appeal: he made to Eve that caused the first sin (Genesis 3:1-19); in one of the temptations he made to Jesus Christ (Luke 4:1-13); behind the “cultural revolution” in the United States in the 1960’s and political upheavals since.

    Those who do not “fear the LORD” nor “fear the king” are both destroyers whose disrespect for God and His authority always produce disorder, destruction, and damnation! This is change without hope! King David said: “Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies” (Psalm 40:4). Asaph wrote: “Have respect to the covenant; For the dark places of the earth are full of the haunts of cruelty” (Psalm 74:20). Jesus illustrated the disrespect the Jews had for God by the parable of “the owner of the vineyard” (God), and the “vinedressers” (Jews) in Mark 12:1-12.

    God prophesied that Israelites would become so unfaithful in their Promised Land that God would let an outside people conquer them (Deuteronomy 28). That foreign nation was described very much like the “generation” that has arisen within the United States: “a nation whose language you will not understand, a nation of fierce countenance, which does not respect the elderly nor show favor to the young. And they shall eat the increase of your livestock and the produce of your land, until you are destroyed; they shall not leave you grain or new wine or oil, or the increase of your cattle or the offspring of your flocks, until they have destroyed you” (Deuteronomy 28:49-51). Change the meanings of the words in language; make them intensely resentful of “the elderly” who have paved the way to a successful nation with sacrifices and blood; make them complete consumers with no ambition to work for profit to have to give to others; and who are so short-sighted and selfish they care not about the future “until they have destroyed you;” and you have an understanding of how a country can collapse! Though Deuteronomy was not a direct prophecy of our day and time, it surely paints a portrait of how any country can be destroyed!

    “Who knows the ruin those two can bring?” This is a question some of us may be able to answer.
    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • TFRStaff 6:29 am on 2013-12-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Honor Obama, Your Mama, and Lady Gaga 

    If the title to this article got your attention, then it did exactly what it was supposed to do. In this article, we are going to examine the word honor and objectively determine from God’s word what it means to honor someone (2 Timothy 2:15). The word honor itself carries the idea of placing proper value or worth towards something or someone (Strong’s NT 5091). Everyone has a soul that will spend eternity in either heaven or hell (Matthew 26:31-46; Revelation 21:1-8). Because of this, we must understand the great value that every soul has! For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26). In light of this, it is no wonder that the Bible teaches in a limited sense that we are to honor all (as in the case of Lady Gaga, etc.) because all humans have valuable souls (1 Peter 2:17). Furthermore, the Bible teaches that the Lord is to be honored (Revelation 4:11); wives are to be honored (1 Peter 3:7); kings/presidents are to be honored (1 Peter 2:17); scriptural marriages are to be honored (Hebrews 13:4); elders in the church are to be honored (1 Timothy 5:17); widows are to be honored (1 Timothy 5:3); parents are to be honored (even if they are drunkards, homosexuals, gossips, etc., Ephesians 6:2) – everyone is to be honored (1 Peter 2:17; Romans 12:10)! Having defined the word honor, how do we put this into practice and application?

    Honoring someone does not mean that you must agree with, comply with, or have a close relationship with the person, his teachings, or his behavior. In fact, to truly honor someone sometimes means you have to do something they do not want you to do. Let me illustrate this by using several different biblical examples and principles. First, while the Bible commands us to honor the king, that does not mean that we follow the king in violation of God’s word (Acts 4:13-22). We ought to obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29; at the same time, Paul understood the value of those in leadership positions: Acts 23:1-5). Second, just because we are to honor our parents/family does not mean that we never correct them or discipline them when they are wrong (such as in the case of protecting one’s family by keeping them away from the evil influences of one’s drunken parents, etc.; Matthew 10:34-39; 1 Corinthians 15:33; Ephesians 5:11). Consider the Old Testament story of King Asa in 1 Kings 15:9-14. Asa removed and banished Maachah, his grandmother, from being queen because she had made an obscene image. Asa was not guilty of dishonoring his family; on the contrary, God’s word says that he was loyal to the Lord all his days (1 Kings 15:14). Even when it comes to an erring brother in Christ, we must still honor him (Romans 12:10; which may include withdrawing from him if he does not repent, 1 Corinthians 5:11). Interestingly enough, the word dishonor carries the idea of “not giving proper value or worth to someone” (James 2:6; etc.). If we know someone is in sin and we choose to do nothing about it, in reality we are dishonoring him (Proverbs 27:5).

    While we are to honor all, we must evaluate the situation accordingly. We can honor someone in multiple ways, remembering to provide what is necessary for each situation, whatever it may be (Acts 28:10)! The way we honor each individual will depend upon each situation. Someone in sin needs to be honored by being corrected, including family and close friends (Psalm 141:5; Hebrews 12:11; Revelation 3:19; etc.). Elders in the Lord’s church who rule well and preach the word are to be counted worthy of double honor (1 Timothy 5:17). Most importantly, when we honor God, we are honored by God (John 5:23, 44, 12:26). Let us make sure that we properly understand what it means to honor someone so that we can place the proper value upon each situation, providing what is necessary in order to exercise true biblical honor!

    Kevin Pendergrass – The Gospel of Christ Newsletter #13.25 – December 3, 2013

     
  • John T. Polk II 9:22 am on 2013-10-16 Permalink | Reply
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    (#87) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:26-Are You Sure? 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 14:26: “In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge.”

    “Fear of the LORD” is the attitude of giving reverence and respect to God in everything we do, because there is no “strong confidence” in being afraid. The “fear of the LORD” is the beginning of “knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7) and “wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10). Other proverbs teach us that obeying God with admiration should be more important than amassing “great treasure” because “there is a hereafter:” “Better is a little with the fear of the LORD, Than great treasure with trouble” (Proverbs 15:16); “Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear of the LORD all the day; For surely there is a hereafter, And your hope will not be cut off” (Proverbs 23:17-18).

    “Strong confidence” shows no fear, insecurity or doubt, and can get us to Heaven: “And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming” (1 John 2:28). When the Apostle Paul wrote to Philemon, he had “confidence in your obedience” (Philemon 21). This can only be said of those who “hearing, believed, and were baptized” (Acts 18:8), for baptism “now saves us” (1 Peter 3:21). No one should be confident of their own salvation unless and until they have followed exactly what the Scriptures teach! The central message of the Old Testament revolves around this thought: “It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man” (Psalm 118:8). It follows that: “Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble Is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint” (Proverbs 25:19).

    It is tragic when “strong confidence” is placed in humans, rather than in God! The people who run and hide from God have trusted in themselves without learning the “strong confidence” that comes to one who “walked with God,” like Enoch (Genesis 5:22-24) or Noah (Genesis 6:9). It is only in the church of Christ, that “we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him” (Ephesians 3:10-12).

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 12:51 pm on 2013-05-11 Permalink | Reply
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    The Mom Every Generation Needs! 

    The mom that every generation needs is a mom who knows when to dry the tears and when to make them, for a generation that has no respect for their mother is a generation that will have no respect for themselves!

    He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly.” (Proverbs 13:24)

     
  • TFRStaff 11:04 am on 2013-04-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Joseph respects Potiphar 

    Almost every child Bible student knows the story of the coat of many colors that was given to Joseph. It was that coat that was deceitfully used by Joseph’s brothers to make Jacob think that Joseph had been killed by an animal. Those of us who are Bible students know that it is “the rest of the story” about Joseph that is so intriguing.

    We have so much blame spread around today by those who feel they have had a bad deal in life. Many who believe they have been mistreated in life, especially as youth, become bitter, hateful, and prejudiced against all who have a more pleasant life.

    Joseph is a great example for us all. How could one be treated much worse? He was hated by his brothers, which must have made life miserable. He was forced into slavery. He was imprisoned through false accusation.

    But we never even read a hint of bitterness nor see a coarseness of heart against others. All of this happened while he was a boy and then a young man. It happened at the time that counselors tell us we have the least control over our emotions. We often excuse someone’s misconduct because of “how tough a life” he or she had.

    Joseph shows us we can overcome emotional and physical adversity in our lives. We can choose to act with different emotions than anger, bitterness or self-pity. Joseph never acts as though he would steal, cheat or mistreat others because he had been so cruelly mistreated by the world. (More …)

     
    • micahmatheny 7:40 am on 2013-04-22 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Open Your Mind and commented:
      Written over the weekend, Mike Glenn opens our eyes to a lesson oftem missed about Joseph’s life.

  • TFRStaff 3:41 pm on 2013-04-10 Permalink | Reply
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    Respect (Mike Glenn) 

    This month’s characteristic is: “Respect For Others.“

    The word “respect” is used 11 times in the King James New Testament. None of those uses has the exact meaning that our modern terminology has. Most of the passages in the N.T. have something to do with showing or not showing partiality. Our use of the word is with the idea of showing deference toward a person or object as in “respecting the flag” or “respecting the President.”

    We live in a world in which so little respect is shown by most. Several years ago as I was visiting a high school, I saw a boy say to a teacher and vice principal that they could not make him go to the office. The chances are good (though not certain) that the young man learned his disrespect from parents who showed disrespect for the people in their lives as well. Let me give a few examples.

    When a mother gives her daughter permission to go ahead and wear clothing the father does not approve of, she is teaching her daughter disrespect for everyone. If you do not have to respect your father, who do you have to respect? When a father keeps his speed over the speed limit after one of his kids point out that he is over, he is teaching them to disrespect lawgivers, including God. When the legal limit of fish or game is exceeded in hopes of not getting caught, dad is teaching disrespect for his own authority. When mom and dad roast the bad judgment of the elders or an elder, they teach their children to grow up with disdain for the church. When it comes to teaching disrespect, we often sow to the wind, but reap a whirlwind from our kids we never intended or expected. (Hosea 8:7) We do not have a disrespectful world because of the younger generation. We have a disrespectful world because the generation of grandparents and parents taught it to their children. Respect and disrespect are learned characteristics.

    One of the most fascinating lessons about respect is taught in Matthew 23:1-4. Jesus points out that the scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. That is, they occupy the position of lawgiver and leader of God’s people that Moses had. He then logically concludes, “…therefore, whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do…” Please keep in mind that our Lord was not talking about obeying God’s laws. That was a given expectation. Rather, he was talking about the heavy, grievous, difficult burdens which the scribes and Pharisees would bind upon the people. Our Lord then anticipated the objection that might be made to such respectful obedience. The scribes and Pharisees deserved no such respect. They were hypocrites. They did not even keep their own bound traditions. You might ask how we can respect such men. The answer, of course, is that one cannot rightly respect the men. But the men occupy a position, duly authorized. Perhaps they should not be in that position, but they are. The position deserves respect, therefore the men in the position must be respected. Paul acknowledged this very point in Acts 23:3-5.

    Friends, if we are judging by our worthiness, surely none of us really believe that we deserve respect. We all make too many blunders, have too many human shortcomings to claim worthiness (Romans 3:10). But, God has ordained certain positions: husband, wife, mother, father, child, elder, deacon, governor, master, servant, boss, employee, etc. These positions, God ordained, deserve respectfulness. We are all the creation of God. We are the creation of God made in His image. That alone is a position requiring respect.

    We often disrespect ourselves and the positions we occupy. Nadab and Abihu (Leviticus 10), Hophni and Phinehas (1 Samuel 2:12-25) not only disrespected God, their fathers, the people they served, but, also themselves and the position they occupied. Men whom God ordained to lead their homes and the world, often disrespect their position by relinquishing leadership to women and children. Elders too often relinquish leadership to the preachers. Moms too often relinquish leadership to the daycare.

    Brothers and sisters, let’s learn to be respectful. If we are, so too will the next generation be respectful of us, God, government, their friends and lost sinners.

    —Mike Glenn

     
  • Richard Mansel 10:20 am on 2012-09-11 Permalink | Reply
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    Does Our Political Passion Hurt Evangelism? 


    People believe what they have been taught in their world. If someone is raised to be conservative or liberal, that is usually the path they will take. Someone will need to be educated to how to think and see things in the right perspective.

    God’s Word allows us to change worldviews and to see things in a different way. We cannot expect that to happen to everyone by osmosis.

    When someone does not have any interest in Christianity and never opens a Bible, they will have beliefs based on their past and knowledge.

    People grow up in a tribe that practices cannibalism and then later learn a better way and change. If they were so suspicious of the missionaries who visited them that they would never listen, they would remain savages all of their lives.

    If we are not careful of how we express our political beliefs, we can close doors that can never be opened again. People can legitimately be believers in a political party and what it stands for because it fits the way they were raised.

    If we will show a better way with love, gentleness and empathy, we may be able to approach them with the gospel as well.  We use Scripture to address moral and ethical issues rather than attacking the candidate we disagree with.

    In this current presidential climate, considering the President is a different race than many voters, this is especially important. The more people attack the man, the more hardened his supporters become. Their belief that people hate Obama because of his race is rooted in generations of prejudice and racism. Seen in that light, this attitude is more understandable.

    Unless people wake up to this  reality, they will always be confused by the hostility of others.

    My article today is about respecting the office of the Presidency regardless of who is in office. It is extremely important that Christians lead the way on on this issue. We are commanded to honor and pray for the President. I hope you will read the article and share your thoughts on this matter, as well as my article.

     

     
  • Richard Mansel 9:38 am on 2010-11-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Pandering… 

    A Pentecostal church in the community where I live has this on their sign. “Blue Jean Sunday. Wear your favorite team colors. Go Dawgs!”

    When we take our eyes off of God, we have nowhere else to go but to Satan. When we pander, we steal some of the reverence and respect for the hallowed nature of worship. God deserves better. He is the ONLY focus in our worship or He is not there at all.

    Psalms 89:7,  “God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.”

     
  • philsanders 1:40 pm on 2010-04-19 Permalink | Reply
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    I always regret a fight that started with anger, whether on my part or in my reaction. Some folks can’t seem to make it through life without some kind of fuss going on. I don’t need fusses. They don’t help. I keep reminding myself of 2 Timothy 2:24-26 and my need to be gentle and reasonable.

    In some of my online debates in the 1990s, I learned that if I ever get ugly or angry, I always lose. Even if I am right, I am wrong for the attitude and lose the respect of the lurkers. I vowed to let my opponents say anything ugly they wanted; I wasn’t going to act that way. I was going to be nice and respectful. I could win respect, even when I could not convince others of the truth, by my attitude. My deepest regret was when I fell to treating my opponents the way they often treated me.

     
    • Richard Mansel 2:49 pm on 2010-04-19 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve learned a lot through the years on discussion groups. Now, I just let things go, rather than keeping up the attack. I now see that it is often pointless and I have better things to do.

    • Alonge Emmanuel 7:26 am on 2011-12-08 Permalink | Reply

      brother Phil,
      your line of reasoning is right and scriptural. I pray God to help me to do same always

  • Richard Mansel 2:54 pm on 2010-04-10 Permalink | Reply
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    Parameters 

    When I hear the word authority, I think of parameters and boundaries. I do not have any measure of a rebellious spirit. Some think that that means that I do not have any original thoughts. That I do exactly what everyone else does, as if I am a dumb sheep. That is a reflection of their own personal prejudice against authority.

    I just finished listening to Ayn Rand’s slim volume, Anthem. I read it decades ago, but decided to become reacquainted.

    Rand describes a society where individualism is taboo. Personal, original names are anathema. Citizens receive a short name followed by a series of numbers at birth.  No original thoughts or words can pass from their lips. Accordingly, books only exist in special buildings. All education is brainwashing. The word, “I,” is lost and when the hero of the book re-discovers it, he and his family are truly liberated.

    I expect Rand thought that this was how the world already was. If we have an unfailing rebellious spirit, we will likely see this everywhere, as well.

    I generally don’t have any interest in what popular culture screams for. My favorite singers and movies are unknown to most people. That is fine with me. However, that is a far different matter than being rebellious or anti-authority.

    Parental authority is there to keep us safe. Otherwise, as children we would drink cleaning fluids or wander into traffic or be captured by a predator. We all understand this simple concept. Almost no one thinks that we are repressing children by establishing boundaries.

    The police keep order by having laws and we all understand this. Most of us appreciate and respect the law. If the police come into a dangerous neighborhood, the law-abiding citizens cheer and the criminal element curses. Obviously, we can see why.

    If these facts are true of human nature, they are also true of us as we approach Biblical authority.  Years ago, I wrote an article entitled, Why Violate Scripture? In that article I described how our attitudes concerning authority say a lot more about our character than some may realize.

    When we approach Scripture and we are unable to bend our spirits to God’s authority, we will find trouble and place ourselves against the Father. There will always be consequences when we rebel against the Creator. Are we really willing to pay that price?

    “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up” (James 4:10). We will all be wise to take this to heart.

     
    • Mike Riley 3:37 pm on 2010-04-10 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, “Amen” to all that you’ve stated here! As you stated, man cannot change God’s word, no matter how hard he tries – it is a fruitless effort. Yet, men still try by incorporating new “innovations” into the Lord’s church. Perhaps they’ve never fully considered the consequences of adding to or taking away from God’s word. I’m afraid they’ll find out on judgment day that God means exactly what He says, without any additions or alterations.

      • Richard Mansel 5:27 pm on 2010-04-10 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you very much for your comments and kind words. If people believe postmodernism, they will believe that they can believe or do anything they want and God will go along with it.

  • J. Randal Matheny 2:05 pm on 2010-02-02 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cell phones, respect   

    Just-A-Minute: Cell phones 

    From Ed again, haven’t heard anything on his answer to post here yet:

    It looks like you can relax. I’m talking to those of you who have a cell phone growing out of your ear. It seems that some folks can’t go anywhere or do anything without talking on their cell phone. Well, recently a large four-country study has confirmed there was no increase in brain tumors caused by cell phones. However, the study failed to address good manners. I am appalled when cell phones interrupt a funeral or break into a prayer. It would be boorish enough if it were a simple ring, but these recurrent distractions are not only rude but demonstrate a lack of any sense of the sacred. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess inviting you to the Winchester Church of Christ.

     
    • Mike Riley 3:10 pm on 2010-02-02 Permalink | Reply

      Randal, In my view, it is indeed a lack of respect for the Creator and fellow members of the Lord’s church, to bring a cell phone into the assembly or Bible classroom (I leave mine at home). I wrote an article a few years back on chewing gum in the assembly, and I received some very eye-opening negative comments as a result. It seems that more members than ever before are considering that which is holy, as that which is common. That’s very dangerous ground to tread on (Exodus 3:5; Acts 7:33). I’m reminded of what the Hebrew writer tells us in Hebrews 10:28-30.

    • Daniel Haynes 4:01 pm on 2010-02-02 Permalink | Reply

      I once had a man, who was talking on his cell phone while I was teaching class. I suppose it was a good thing that he was near the back of the auditorium.

      • Daniel Haynes 4:02 pm on 2010-02-02 Permalink | Reply

        One additional thought … today you have to be careful to rush to judgment. Some people actually use their phone as a Bible. I have ran across this, and heard of it, several times.

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