20 comments on ““Respect your elders and betters”

  1. “respect your elders and betters”
    Culture! I still find it odd that an expression I use without awareness made an impact on you. But so glad it did.
    This a wonderful post! And highlighting so much “now” from just those five small words (but one HUGELY important mind-set!
    Thank you –

  2. I can so get this Don. Largely based on our thoughts on the local church and the absolute independence of the local church, the idea of rank structure is quite foreign to me. Of course our pastors lead the flock but at the same time they have no “legal” authority other than to preach what God has already said. Ask any Deacon his role and each would say simply “servant”

    A while back I had an issue with what one of our deacons had said in a subject and something he had taught. He was pretty clearly off base. I actually spoke to another Deacon hoping he would take care of it. He quickly pointed out that the other fellow didn’t “out rank” Me and that I could simply deal with it as with any other brother or sister

    I enjoyed this one a lot

  3. The whole concept of humility is such a tough one to grasp. Thanks for these insights–we should all be treating others as better than ourselves. Not easy, but we’ve got the best Example possible to follow.

  4. I’m better for having read this…sorry, couldn’t resist! Great post. I tried to convey this concept to a church and failed miserably. I taught that the “pastor” was a “bell-sheep”, much like the rest of the congregation in dependence upon Jesus, the Good Shepherd. I was “corrected” by someone who considered that a failure on my part to lead the people. The temptation to hit him with the bell was tremendous. From what I could tell, they wanted a “priest”, someone to be righteous on their behalf so they wouldn’t have to be; kind of like some “pocket-god” to represent what they didn’t want to take the time to do, relate to Jesus. Sad really. That church no longer exists as an worshiping entity. Go figure.

    Thanks for the post!

  5. I think the phrase “respect your elders and betters” was used in old English literature (think Charles Dickens and Eliza Doolittle). At that time there was a class distinction between middle class and lower class and the term had practical meaning. I think my parents used the phrase out of habit without attaching any real meaning to the term “betters.” I think usage has diminished to the point that only we “ancient” ones have it in our archives. Revival and current usage wouldn’t be politically correct anyway.

  6. Honor is such a good value in God’s family. I can honor the gift in you, and be edified, without seeing myself as inferior in any way. After all, why should I want to be you when I’m me! 🙂 Humility is also so important. This way of living frees us to love each other like God loves, without envy or strife, or without putting ourselves down in the process.

    Great post, Don. A needed reminder of what makes relationships so wonderful. Blessings.

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