In particular, it was required that I show respect for my parents, ministers and government leaders.
I still respect my parents. After all they raised such an exemplary creature as myself.
I still respect ministers, although some advocate murdering innocent people, some advocate blowing up clinics in the name of the Lord and some believe they have the right to disrespectfully make a scene when a fallen hero is laid to rest because we don't all adhere to their ,"through the looking glass" interpretation of Scripture.
I respect ministers for what they can be, and what most of them are. For every Imam spewing hatred and every crooked TV healer, there are thousands who quietly lead their congregation in the path of righteousness, as they are led to do so.
And for every pontificating windbag that gets up on the floor of Congress to sell his or her particular brand of snake-oil, there are some who just want to do what's right for their constituency and their country.
I guess it goes back to something else I remember hearing. Respect the office!
As long as we respect the office of the preacher, the parent and the politician, there is a chance that the occupant will try to earn our respect and live up our expectations, the same way many of them live down to our expectations today.
Jim Vann was a part of the morning show on KICKS Radio for 20 years. Since leaving broadcasting he has earned his paralegal certificate from Kennesaw State University, and is a trained mediator. Jim is employed by the Law Firm of G. Michael Smith, in Dunwoody. He is the author of “Who Died...And Left You in Charge?” available at Amazon.com. Jim also blogs three times a week (if the grandkids don’t come over.) He grew up in Cherokee County and attended Cherokee High School. He now lives near Woodstock.
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