Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wednesday's Word!

What does the scripture have to say about respect?  I am on a quest to define and completely nail this topic.  We are called to respect in a million different ways.  Wives see to that you respect your husband.  Children obey your parents.  I think that is a type of respect.  You have to have some level of respect in order to obey another person.  Right?  Well, today I am looking for your help.  Throw out some scriptures and definitions about respect.

Is it disrespectful for a child to express themselves to a parent and point their finger at them?

Is it respectful to be brutally honest with someone?

Is it respectful to call a person older than you by their first name?

What examples in scripture can we look to in order to understand respect better?

Are the lines black and white?  Is there gray area?  Let's take some time to look at this.

I found these scriptures in the concordance of my bible:

Matthew 21:37  (this passage describes a lack of respect),
Romans 13:7 (about giving proper respect to the appropraite people)
I Thessalonians 5:12 (giving respect to those over you, because they labour and love you)
I Peter 2:18 (being respectful even in the really hard areas)

What can you find?  What can we look at together?

Our goal is to understand RESPECT from a biblical perspective.  Respect in relationships such as husband and wife, parent and child, older and younger, and finally peer to peer.    


Autumn said...

Good question!! I love to "get on my soapbox" about respect... and the lack of it! I will be digging to find some scripture!

homemakerchronicles said...

no scriptures yet, but I think it is disrespectful for children to call their parents out, especially in public. Not to say that they cannot respectfully speak to the parent in private about an issue, but to publicly question a parent is disrespectful. As it is disrespectful for parents to demean their children in public by yelling, singling them out, putting them down or making them feel stupid. That's how we teach our kids anyway...
I do feel that elders should be respected by calling them by their last name, unless they specify to call them by their first.
All in all, I think it's a matter of the heart along with social norms and what society you've been brought up in. Therefore, espect will look different in each person world-wide.

These Three Kings said...

I will take this challenge on and come back! :) great post! spurs me on!!