Children and Disrespect
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to participate in our country's Judicial system, by going to jury duty orientation.
I am very much "old school" on social dress, out and about, as well as in the church.
During my lifetime I have seen, what appears to me as a growing disrespect for the church as a place to go and meet with fellow believers and the Spirit of God.
Yesterday I noticed, what has in my opinion become a very rude habit, for men to wear caps everywhere and anywhere. There were quite a few of the men entering the County Court House who did not bother to, which is now common, remove their caps. But on entering the Court Room every cap came off!
So, have I watched men enter the Church Building, even the Sanctuary, with out removing their hats.
What does that say for the hearts of our society?
There is more respect for the gods of this world than there is for the God of the Universe? Why?
Is it because you will receive prompt punishment when you disobey certain of man's rules? ...seemingly no punishment when you disobey God's rules? ...maybe you believe, as many today, that certain of God's rules do not apply to us any more, or you pick and choose the rules YOU believe are relevant or not relevant, in your or your denomination's opinion?
Is it possible that there is not the punishment because there is not a relationship?
Heb 12:8 Now if you are exempt from correction and left without discipline in which all [of God's children] share, then you are illegitimate offspring and not true sons [at all]. [Pro. 3:11-12]
Psa 2:1 WHY DO the nations assemble with commotion [uproar and confusion of voices], and why do the people imagine (meditate upon and devise) an empty scheme?
Psa 2:2 The kings of the earth take their places; the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and His Anointed One (the Messiah, the Christ). They say, [Acts 4:25-27]
Psa 2:3 Let us break Their bands [of restraint] asunder and cast Their cords [of control] from us.
Psa 2:4 He Who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord has them in derision [and in supreme contempt He mocks them].
Psa 2:5 He speaks to them in His deep anger and troubles (terrifies and confounds) them in His displeasure and fury, saying,
Psa 2:6 Yet have I anointed (installed and placed) My King [firmly] on My holy hill of Zion.
Psa 2:7 I will declare the decree of the Lord: He said to Me, You are My Son; this day [I declare] I have begotten You. [Heb. 1:5; Heb. 3:5-6; 2Pe. 1:17-18]
Psa 2:8 Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth as Your possession.
Psa 2:9 You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them in pieces like potters' ware. [Rev. 12:5; Rev. 19:15]
Psa 2:10 Now therefore, O you kings, act wisely; be instructed and warned, O you rulers of the earth.
Psa 2:11 Serve the Lord with reverent awe and worshipful fear; rejoice and be in high spirits with trembling [lest you displease Him].
Psa 2:12 Kiss the Son [pay homage to Him in purity], lest He be angry and you perish in the way, for soon shall His wrath be kindled. O blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are all those who seek refuge and put their trust in Him!
Mat 13:9 He who has ears [to hear], let him be listening and let him consider and perceive and comprehend by hearing.
Mat 13:10 Then the disciples came to Him and said, Why do You speak to them in parables?
Mat 13:11 And He replied to them, To you it has been given to know the secrets and mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
Mat 13:12 For whoever has [spiritual knowledge], to him will more be given and he will be furnished richly so that he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
Mat 13:13 This is the reason that I speak to them in parables: because having the power of seeing, they do not see; and having the power of hearing, they do not hear, nor do they grasp and understand.
Mat 13:14 In them indeed is the process of fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah, which says: You shall indeed hear and hear but never grasp and understand; and you shall indeed look and look but never see and perceive.
Mat 13:15 For this nation's heart has grown gross (fat and dull), and their ears heavy and difficult of hearing, and their eyes they have tightly closed, lest they see and perceive with their eyes, and hear and comprehend the sense with their ears, and grasp and understand with their heart, and turn and I should heal them. [Isa. 6:9-10]
Mat 13:16 But blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are your eyes because they do see, and your ears because they do hear.
Mat 13:17 Truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous men [men who were upright and in right standing with God] yearned to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.