I am amazed at the disrespect that is shown at times from our younger generation toward our elders. Elders meaning those that come before you, experienced more and continued in this way of life.
Younger saints should look up to their elders and not down at them. Our elders are the pioneers of The Church. Our ideas are important and should be heard , but never vocalized to a point to were we are disrespectful of them and their ideas.
I would say to that. I was pretty specific so go ahead and start off with one of your sides. We will go from there.
4 Sides? man, u r goood! I hava hard time seeing both sides sometimes...LOL
The current generation is one which has a weaker understanding on what "respect" is. A good example, at different times, has been our President. There have been several instances where he himself came off as being very disrespectful to others.
Which leads me to my question... How can we expect our youth, or those who follow us, to be respectful when we ourselves (leaders) won't be?
This is a problem...but its not one that just sprung forth out of nowhere. It's like watching metal rust...it started off small, and as time continues, it grew worse.
I have also seen ministers on this forum responded to in a way that was extremely disrespectful.
ok, a few points real quick...
1. "Elder" in terms of respect should be based on more than age. I'm sorry, but just because you are old does not mean you merit respect.There are men on death row for multiple murders who are much older than me, and let me tell you, I might show them some common courtesy as a person if i ever met them, but in no way am i going to treat them with the kind of respect you describe... On the opposite end, there are people who are younger than me who I would respect as being "over me" and deserving respect...
2. respect is earned, and time doesn't earn you it... beyond that, respect is one of those things that you have to give to get... the reason the younger generation has no respect is because of the way they are treated and the value put upon them. Their parents are too busy working and buying themselves new toys to notice them (they're just a nice tax break), the schools are too busy pushing them through to notice anything, and at the end of the day it really seems like no one in the entire world cares about them in any way... so why should they respect anyone else?
now are those things true? Not entirely... but there is more to the "lack of respect" of this generation than people really give credit for and older people can complain about it all they want, but all the complaining really does, if anything, is make it worse...
for instance, I've had ministers tell me that I should listen to every word they say, deal with every insult they throw out, and follow up their rant with "yes sir, thank you sir" just because they are older than me and have a minister's license... Even after they tell everyone that I am possessed by Satan himself for asking a simple question about what we believe... That kind of behavior, and a person who would act that way, deserves no respect, no matter how old they are or what licenses or degrees they have...