Several years ago, my family was preparing to sing in a church service. This was the first time we had been to this particular church. We arrived and were setting up our sound equipment in the church. We took in our electric piano, guitars, microphones, and amps. One of the last instruments for us to get off of the bus was the drums. As we were unloading them, the pastor asked us very kindly not to bring them in the church as they would offend some of the congregation. Some in the congregation, were not used to having drums in the sanctuary.
Sometimes, we would sing at churches and we would be asked not to sell our CD's if we were there on a Sunday. Anytime, that we received a request such as no drums or no selling on Sunday, we always obliged to their request. We were guests at their church and the right thing to do was to respect the sovereignty of the local church.
You do not have to agree with someone to respect them. If that was the case, then every marriage would be in deep trouble. Crista and I have been married close to sixteen years and there are subjects that we disagree on. But through the years, we have learned to respect each other.
To have a strong marriage you have to respect and value one another.
Paul taught respect in such a manner that he said he would even forgo eating meat if he knew it would offend a brother (1 Corinthians 8:13). Wonder if we had that same attitude that Paul had? Our relationships with people and God would deepen. We see it live out in Brother Branham’s life. He considered men brothers even though he disagreed with them doctrinally.
If it ever gets to a place that I couldn't put my arm around any brother that's working for the Kingdom of God, and recognize him as my brother, I feel I'm backslid. – W. Branham
Sadly, we are living in a time where respect has eroded. You see it play out in a mall, where a preteen screams at their mom for not getting them the newest pair of athletic shoes. Or in a video that has gone viral of thugs harassing a cop. Riots and shootings in cities, that disrespect and hurt members of society and authority. It even plays out in our churches. Respect has dwindled for the church, leadership, and the Word of God.
Marriages, families, friendships and churches will only flourish when there is a level of respect toward one another. Without respect, a disagreement can get quickly out of hand. Respect is having the right attitude and spirit in a conversation or situation. Truly, an attitude of respect is a gift from God. Instead of striving to influence people to agree with us, whether it be our children, co-workers, or family and friends, we should strive to live a godly life that people will respect.
The only way that you can respect God is to respect one another. – W. Branham
Michael and his wife Crista, are blessed to have three beautiful children (Noah, Gracie, Luke). They live in the middle TN area and attend Eagle Christian church. He counts it a honor to be involved with Eagle’s View, BYC and serving as a evangelist. They enjoy being outdoors, traveling and above all serving the Lord.