1 Timothy 5:1-2 Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters.

I’m not really looking forward to this last debate tonight because it’s turned into debacle instead of a debate. The offensive and lewd language of the Grand Ole Party candidate has taken this presidential election down to the level of a barroom brawl. Things he’s said about women, minorities, foreigners, and physically challenged people have been utterly disrespectful. The psalmist told us what the foundation of leadership should look like: Psalm 89:14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne. Unfailing love and truth walk before you as attendants.

Whoever our President is going to be needs to put some respect on it as it relates to talking about and with the American people.

  1. Never talk harshly to an older man but talk to him as you would a father. Because we have father issues and in some cases absent fathers there is also an absence of respect for older men. We’ve lost the respect that is supposed to be granted to older men in our community. In healthy communities older men are the wise sages to be respected and sought out for advise. In dysfunctional communities they are a neglected resource. Put some respect on how you address and treat older men.
  2. Treat younger men as brothers. Often times we view younger men as threats and particularly young black men as “super predators.” In a healthy community we see younger men as a larger part of our extended family. They are our sons and brothers that we should approach in love not fear.
  3. Treat older women as your mothers and younger women in purity as your sisters. We live in a time where we have reduced women down to body parts and put our younger women in harms way by objectifying them as sexual playthings. In a healthy community we honor our mothers and protect our sisters. As a leader I expect our women to be respected and not be treated as personal property and especially not be disrespected by a potential world leader who creates a “rape culture” with his “locker room” talk. Put some respect on it!

We owe it to ourselves to talk to each other with respect. In a civil society there is order and respect for each persons position in society. In God’s Kingdom every person matters and deserves dignity and respect. Jesus paid special attention to the least of these and told us that the greatest shall be servant to the least. He told us to treat others like we would want to be treated. In other words, Jesus said, “put some respect on it!”

Dear God,

Help us to honor one another and respect the inherent value of each person. We who call ourselves followers of Christ must make sure that the words that come out of our mouths are not filthy and lewd but edifying and loving. Father forgive me if I have ever disrespected any of your children that you consider precious. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you my God!

In Jesus Name,

Amen