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"Will the Real Christian Step Up and Show Some Christian Respect"

Jul 6th, 2013 by Dr. Edward L. Hall

         There are so many "so-called, claim to be" Christians who take on a hateful spirit rather than dealing or treating others with due respect. Many find themselves attending a congregational assembly either on Wednesdays or Sundays claiming to respect God in their worship of reverence to him. They leave their assembly of worship and enter back into the social arena of the world, the job, the political arena, their career profession, or the educational walls of higher learning with other humans different from themselves, different from their cultural, different from their race or color of skin, different in their looks, and different in their educational status. These individuals were created by God and attend some church service to gain some higher spiritual sanity, yet claiming to be Christians who respect God, and the Christ concepts only to end up disrespecting the human nature of individuals that God created outside of those spiritual walls in which they study.  Many have studied to be Christians, spending a few minutes in churches to receive vital spiritual instructions only to fail to live it when it comes to respecting others that are different than ourselves.

            We must come to contemplation that there are people from different walks of life from the earliest of creation during Adam and Eve’s time, down through creation during Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob’s time, and even in the New Testament during the time of Jesus, who environmentally were disrespectful and without social manners. But that does not excuse the Christ like persons of those claiming to be spiritual, claiming to be in-tune with God, or those that attend on Sunday some church building who claim to be Christians who know God only to behave in the manner of the Gentile culture who were known to be without God. It says in Matthew 7:12, "Therefore all things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them: but this is the law and the prophet." Matthew 7:17 "even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bring for evil fruit." When an individual is born of God, he or she does not treat others who does not look like them, or have not been raised like they were raised different than God would treat them. The Lord Jesus Christ commanded that we follow the golden rule in Luke 6:31 "And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them likewise." What is interesting about this text is most of us do not want to be mistreated by another individual. So the question becomes relevant, why do we treat others with a disrespectful attitude that we do not know or have not even gotten to know them who does not look like us, nor display the same skin color as our? Why do we treat others who do not live in the same suburbs that we live in, or were raised in a better environment than the environment they themselves were raised in?

            As we bring our thought of devotion to conclusion, remember the words of God in first John 4:19-21. The Greek texts use the word “love” agape, which is not indicative in mode but subjunctive, expressing an exhortation. The original language of Greek has it, “As for us, let us be loving”--present subjunctive active, which is ongoing action, and the subjunctive communicates without the shadow of doubt. The reason is because the text says, ”He (God) Himself first loved us.” The emphasis is the love of God in Christ should inspire all of us to have this love stirred in our heart. This kind love expresses itself in our souls to have love for our brethren (cf. v. 11), and even our fellow humankind in the real world where we exist daily with the diversity of humankind that’s created by God. The NKJV says, “20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” The expanded Greek translation of verse 20 reads as follows: “If anyone says, I am constantly loving God with a divine love, and his brother is as constantly hating, he is a liar. For the one who is not constantly loving with a divine love for his brother whom he has seen with discernment and has still within the range of his vision, God whom he has not seen with discernment and does not have within the range of his vision, he is not able to be loving.”

If we are trying to be decent individuals in name of God, surely, if we are real Christians, we would step up and show some Christian respect to our brothers in Christ as well as to any other humankind different than ourselves and our families that we meet and work with on a daily basis.