Manners And Civility (Romans 12:10)

“I hope you die!”

I was reading this latest tirade on social media. It could have been posted by anyone on innumerable topics, but this one caught my eye. It was posted by a politician ranting on another politician who had just contracted COVID in spite of being vaccinated. The rant was puerile, unworthy of a public figure, regardless of their political affiliations.

We are all entitled to our opinions but I do hold elected officials to a higher level of moral and ethical standard. These individuals are elected to represent the people residing in their respective districts. Is this truly how we wish to be represented? Perhaps the more disturbing question is whether their behavior is actually representative of ours and politicians are simply reflecting our warped sensibilities? When we disagree with someone, do we resort to name calling and hate speech? Have our manners and civility disappeared? 

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Romans 12:10 (ESV)

Instead of seeking to build oneself up by pushing others down, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could seek to outdo one another in showing honor? Unrealistic? Perhaps. However, the alternative is to continue down this degenerate path that can only foment more strife and disagreement. Mankind boasts about its intellectual and technological advances, yet our spiritual and moral character have not kept pace and have receded.

The Apostle Paul wrote these words in the Book of Romans nearly two thousand years ago. He was pointing to His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as the framework of how to live in his world. It was a world that was far simpler yet it was given a moral solution that was advanced. If we had adopted this behavior then, perhaps we would live in a society in which our manners and civility would keep pace with our technology. 

We still can. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). What was true when it was first written is still true today. How desperately we need a true and absolute moral compass in our lives. How desperately we need our Savior, Jesus Christ. 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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