by Carey Scott

"In that day a man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel" (Isaiah 17:7).

A quality that is lacking in our society is respect. I think everyone would acknowledge such, but few think about it. Many wish it would return to our society, yet few are willing to make the efforts to restore it. Many years ago, people were treated with respect. Those who held a public office, those who served in a court of law, those who were teachers (either public or trade-school), those who were elderly (or older) and those who were parents. You have to admit that those days are gone. Why? Because parents do not teach their children to respect people who deserve it. Our society as a whole has learned not to expect this characteristic of respect anymore. Most are selfish and look to only please themselves. Sadly, many do not even respect their own bodies, reputation, or self.

Respect is rarely shown to anyone these days, but especially towards God. On the whole, people do not respect the word of God either. Sadly in many churches the word of God is treated more like a doorstop or table leveler than the instruction from God Himself. Many religious people profess that the Bible is the inerrant, infallible "word of God" that deserves such full respect, yet they pick and choose which parts they want to follow, and which parts they feel they can ignore and still get to heaven. Many religious groups have catered to public opinion and will not teach what is written by God, but will try to make sinners feel good about themselves instead of telling them they are lost and in violation of God's will. If souls are going to be saved, we must teach respect for God and His word. We much teach respect for others. We must learn to respect our leaders and teachers and our elders, and even ourselves.

We know that God is not willing that any perish (II Peter 3:9). You must believe that Jesus is the Son of God and died on the cross for your sins (Acts 8:37). You must repent of your sins (Luke 13:3), you must confess Jesus as Lord (Matthew 10:32) and you must be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16). Then you must remain faithful and continue learning how to serve God (II Peter 3:18). Let us help you on your spiritual journey.

May God bless you in your study of His word.