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Respecting Your Elders

Many young people are either unaware or do not care that
respecting one another, especially the elderly, is a godly principle.

I know I was somewhat rebellious in my younger days, but I do not recall EVER being disrespectful to my elders. Of course, the times were different. But in all truth, that really shouldn't matter. Treating people with respect prevents a lot of misunderstandings and hard feelings -- regardless if they are younger or older than you.

Unfortunately, none of that seems to matter anymore. Young people today actually HATE Baby Boomers, and they have no qualms making sure everyone knows how they feel.

That is WRONG.

That is SAD.

And it's all because we have turned our collective backs on God and one another. It breaks my heart, and it troubles my soul because everyone who feels that it is good and right to be just as mean and as hateful as they can be to anyone and everyone they want, makes them the better person.

The only thing most young people seem to value these days is street cred. Of course, part of building up their street-cred is blaming others for their circumstances and/or the inability to change them. To actually do something on their own to improve their situation would involve actually doing something more than complaining about how bad their life is.

You may think I'm way over the line here, but I'm not. I see how the young people conduct themselves in person, on the street, and on social media -- and it sickens me to the core. And what sickens me the most is that they know that they can turn their world around, but they have no desire, no ambition, to take appropriate, decisive action.

I realize this article might stir up a some bad feelings, but that is normal when people hear a truth that pricks their heart. But if the truth hurts, wear it, or make a change for the better so it doesn't prick you anymore!
20  Wisdom is like a woman shouting in the street; she raises her voice in the city squares. 21  She cries out in the noisy street and shouts at the city gates: 22  “You fools, how long will you be foolish? How long will you make fun of wisdom and hate knowledge? 23  If only you had listened when I corrected you, I would have told you what’s in my heart; I would have told you what I am thinking. 24  I called, but you refused to listen; I held out my hand, but you paid no attention. 25  You did not follow my advice and did not listen when I corrected you. 26  So I will laugh when you are in trouble. I will make fun when disaster strikes you, 27  when disaster comes over you like a storm, when trouble strikes you like a whirlwind, when pain and trouble overwhelm you. 28  “Then you will call to me, but I will not answer. You will look for me, but you will not find me. 29  It is because you rejected knowledge and did not choose to respect the LORD. 30  You did not accept my advice, and you rejected my correction. 31  So you will get what you deserve; you will get what you planned for others. 32  Fools will die because they refuse to listen; they will be destroyed because they do not care. 33  But those who listen to me will live in safety and be at peace, without fear of injury.“
Proverbs 1:20-33 (NCV)


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