Civilized. I've been pondering that word lately. Most people would say that we live in a civilized society today, but do we really? To answer intelligently we must fully comprehend the full meaning of the word. Webster's defines civilized as a society that is marked by well-organized laws and rules about how people behave with each other. We may score fairly high on that standard, but if we read on we are informed that it also means to be polite, reasonable, and respectful to one another. I think we could all agree that we fail miserably at those traits. There is definitely a lack of decorum and civility in the world today - even among those who identify as Christians. Why is that? I believe it is because most people have either forgot or never been taught how we should behave towards another. As Christians we have no excuse - we have been taught and should know how to treat one another. Jesus gave us, His followers, this commandment, "Love each other just as much as I have loved you. For when you demonstrate the same love I have for you by loving one another, everyone will know that you’re my true followers.” John 13:34,35 TPT Could it be any clearer? I believe that when we begin to treat one another with respect the world will take notice. Christians must lead by example, not just in words. The Apostle Paul pleads this case, "Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God." Eph 4:1 As Christians we are called by God to a higher standard of conduct. Why? Because the world is watching and observing us and they recognize hypocrisy when they see it. So, make it a priority to be polite and to treat everyone with respect. In this way you will not only be setting an example for them to follow, but you will be opening the door to share the love of Christ with them.
Pastor Frank Dodson