You are to rise in the presence of the elderly and honor the old. Fear your God; I am the LORD. – Leviticus 19:32
At 61 (nearly 62), I can now say I am firmly “middle-aged” … and with each passing day, it seems I become a little more firmly aged in the middle and moving toward elderly. That is one of the reasons why I like professional golf. They don’t have an “old man’s” tour. It is called the “CHAMPIONS” Tour. I’m not old. I’m a Champion!
Yeah … whatever. One thing is true. Because I have been around a while, I have been able to accomplish a few things and, therefore, I should have earned a little respect, right? In Africa, they truly respect their elders, even if the person does not deserve it. Certainly, I deserve, at least, a little respect, right? RIGHT???
God commanded the Israelites to “rise in the presence of the elderly and honor the old,” because it indicated reverence for their LORD. Other passages in the Bible indicate that we should all live lives that are worthy of respect. So, here is the conclusion, I have drawn: If you are in the category of “elderly,” then you should live a respectful life and if you are not, then you should respect others (whether they deserve it or not). God is honored by both … the respected and the respectful. To be otherwise is to once again ignore His holiness.
Age is a very high price to pay for maturity. – Tom Stoppard
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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