1st Principle of Respect
Contempt for God is spreading out of control. What is the basis of respect for God? The Ten Commandments say, “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” (Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 5) That includes not abusing God’s name or reputation in a manner that makes Him appear to be worthless, not claiming God’s authority for strictly human decisions or traditions, not bringing God disrespect by living as a hypocrite, and not falsely swearing by His name. Jesus taught us to pray, “Hallowed be thy name.” (Matthew 6:9) Could respect begin with how we use the Lord’s name, treating God with great honor and reverence?