Respect: Entitled or Earned?

by jccast

 

A middle-aged man with a cane limps by a group of young people (approx. college aged). The loudest male among the group stares intently at the man slowly making his way by, and suddenly exclaims, “You’d better show me some respect, old man!”

The man casually looks at the young upstart, approximately a third his age, and says, “What have you ever done to deserve respect?”

The young man, encouraged by the group, replies, “I don’t have to do anything. I simply am who I am, and I’m worthy of respect.” And the group chimed in with unanimous discord against the traditional belief that respect needs to be earned. Like many within the younger generation—a lack of parental supervision and controls, along with being fed the Liberal agenda in school year-after-year has brainwashed them into a sense of entitlement.

When a society intentionally veers away from family values, individualism, morals, ethics, and God, it inevitably develops a collective mind-set of hate and intolerance, with an over-inflated sense of self and entitlement, and a complete lack of personal responsibility.

In America, we’ve seen this steadily getting worse with every generation sense the 1960s, ending up in the present chaotic state.

As an ex-investigator, I have a habit of researching any topic or group I develop an interest in before making up my mind completely. So, when all the conflicts surrounding Antifa and Trump supporters became big news, I would listen to the reports.

Unfortunately, it was obvious to anyone with an IQ over 10 that the Liberal media was editing and spin-doctoring every event to meet their agenda. Just like FOX News was doing to a lesser degree on the opposite side of the issue. So, I decided to watch 100 YouTube tapes randomly, as they popped up on the side, to get a clearer idea of what was honestly happening at the rallies and marches.

Sure, there were still a few tapes that were obviously edited with their agendas in mind. But, for the most part, many of these tapes were put online with little or no editing. And one thing became clear in a hurry. The level of respect among humans for each other in America is at an all-time low.

Antifa, whose actions epitomize everything it claims to hate, mirror the Hitler Youth of the 1940s. Not once, in 100 tapes, did one of the face covered Antifa members ever act like they honestly wanted to engage in any relevant discourse with someone from the opposing camp. And whenever someone from the opposing camp tried to have a meaningful conversation with them, they did their best to shout them down, or in many cases, attacked them. Yet, ironically, when they spoke with a media personality, they claimed they had been disrespected, that they were entitled to respect—but they felt the Trump supporters deserved no respect, whatsoever.

To be honest, about half the tapes equally showed Trump supporters engaged in disrespectful actions. And some of these people you would see in several of the tapes. It’s as if they wanted to start just as much friction as the Antifa camp because it would get more views on YouTube. As if getting more views on their site is more important than fellow human beings. Kind of makes you wonder when was the last time they read their Bible, especially the parts regarding how you should treat your fellow man.

In light of what’s being taught in schools and pushed in every other format, under the guise of Political Correctness, I was happy to see at least half the Trump supporters still trying to do things in a respectful manner, while still getting their points across, and standing up for their rights. Unfortunately, the others that are doing it for YouTube ratings, personal thrills, or some other selfish motive are actually a detriment to the cause because of their disrespectful actions. And for those in the tapes that are claiming to be Christians, yet still engage in the un-Christian-like actions, they really need to rethink their purpose for being there. It surely isn’t to honor God.

For those that might ask about defending myself and way of life; yes, I believe in self-defense and defending our way of life. I’m a disabled Vet. But I don’t believe in instigating violence for the sake of ratings, thrills, or any other selfish reason. My belief is that violence is only acceptable for self-defense or the defense of others. And any action taken without proper respect only lowers your self-respect.

I find it very hard to believe that those at these rallies and marches claiming to be Christians while they participate in such disrespectful actions, have ever truly chosen to put God first in all areas of their lives. Ironically, several of them were near other professing Christians that were acting respectfully, and trying to be a light in a very dark world.

This country needs to get back to its traditional morals and values. Respect is a big part of that, and a good place to begin. But respect is not entitled; it must be earned!

 

Some verses on how to treat fellow humans:
Matt. 7:12
Romans 12:10
Phil. 2:3
Titus 2:7
1 Peter 2:17

https://jccast.wordpress.com/2019/07/12/respect-entitled-or-earned/

 

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Author: Narrow Path Ministries

Non-denominational, Independent, Bible believing Church

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