Do you value respect?

God's Golden Rule

God’s Golden Rule

I am concerned about the lack of respect for authority in our society. Various sectors are being closely scrutinized, including police officers, who are being challenged about critical decisions made in split seconds to preserve the lives of others and themselves. Sadly, we are trending towards entitlement under any threat or provocation rather than upholding the value of respect. I believe that each of us can improve our courteous interactions with others. We might begin by considering a list of individuals with whom we frequently interact, such as wives, husbands, children, bosses, instructors, church and community leaders, and public servants. Determine what appropriate language should be used in each case. What respectful titles should be used when addressing them? What tone of voice? Often the familiarity in our homes gives excuse for casual disregard for respectful language. “Respect says more about who YOU are than who THEY are” (John Lewis Lund). “The best and most clear indicator that we are progressing spiritually and coming unto Christ is the way we treat other people” (Marvin J. Ashton).

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