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Rom 14:1, 13; Jam 4:11-12
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I thought of a series of related threads to delve into: How our culture undermines Christian principles. This thread on respect is inspired by the TV show Blue Bloods. Tom Selleck's granddaughter wanted to tell him about a planned crime against the NYPD. The planner was her college friend. The granddaughter said she felt she ought to tell him, the Police Commissioner, out of respect.

Then the ubiquitous undermining of Christian principles crept in. Our society seems to have embraced Janet Jackson's 'What Have You Done For Me Lately' mentality, given no honor for history. Tom Selleck stopped her in her tracks and authoritatively told her she only owes him respect if he deserves it. What does Scripture say?
5th Commandment - Honor Your Mother & Father
Rules For Christian Living, Romans 12:10 - Outdo one another in showing honor
Ep 5:24, 33 - Wives submit to and respect your husband

None of this honoring is conditional. The default ought to be respect. IMHO, the honor, the respect was 'earned,' using modern vernacular, when the person became your parent, your husband and you came in communion with the greatest commandment.

This default lack of respect is particularly pernicious today toward men. No standard of respect is ever offered - beyond doing the bidding and acting on the whims of other's, particularly wives and children. One way this is demonstrated is the automatic questioning of an answer they don't like, why? Why the decision is not asked for information purposes but to use as ammo against the man, father, husband who has not 'earned' respect by treating a recent request as a command - or explaining as delicately as their sensibilities yearn to be satisfied.

What's great about the Blue Bloods example, is the scene does not even invoke this tired motif. Tom Selleck is her grandfather, her mother's father. Somehow, in this Catholic family, she was raised to incorrectly. She was raised to think she owes her grandfather respect by default. Tom Selleck has to set her straight. The kid is empowered to judge her grandfather not worthy of honor at every turn in her life. How anti-Christian is that?
 

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Rom 14:1, 13; Jam 4:11-12
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Similarly, where does the idea of empowering kids not to respect, by default, come from?
 

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How do you reconcile Romans 13:7 to the other 3 Scriptures I cited, particularly within a family?
 
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