Live in Respect
Leviticus 19:32; II Samuel 19:31-39; I Timothy 5:1-2
January 15, 2006
Read above scriptures
This is a lesson of benefit to all, but in my humble
opinion, is a smoke screen to detract from the real
issue, which is abortion on demand, and should not
take priority over the traditional lesson, which
usually emphasizes the "sanctity of life" - the life
of the unborn.
Apparently in this day contemporary issues trump
tradition and 33 years of Roe vs. Wade apparently
now qualifies as tradition. Did you listen to the
whining of grown men of the Judiciary Committee
this week in the confirmation hearings of Judge
I can attest to the need for such a lesson - experience
at HHS from 1966 -2000 - I was impressed by how well,
at the beginning of integration, that the black as well
as the white community had taught their children -
this was in the days before "free sex" and the drug
culture's damning influence took hold - towards the end
of my tenure, a principal in a meeting at the beginning of
the school year implored the faculty to respect the students
- my reply -
"all my life I have been told to respect my elders and
now that I am an elder, where is my respect?"
"Train up a child in the way that he should go and
when he is old, he will not depart from it"
The attack on traditional Judeao-Christian values
in the courts and the "anything goes" life styles of the
60's & 70's bears out the scriptural maxim "evil
communications corrupt good manners".
The world has now come to no morals and no manners.
Nothing of equal or superior value has replaced
true religion's involvement in American society
whether it be governmental or private.
What has taken up abode in our culture are
SEX, DRUGS, HARD MUSIC AND VIOLENCE.
Not satisfied with ruining American secular life,
now contemporariness seems not content until
tradition, even in churches are thrown out the
When I went to prepare for this lesson, I was
disappointed that it did not face up to the real
issue - the tragedy of Abortion - I immediately
looked to see who the author was and not
surprisingly, it is someone from Saddleback
Church, the one of Rick Warren fame - remember
"Forty Days on Purpose"
I tried not to let it show but I did not see at the time
the wisdom of ditching Jeremiah in favor of turning
over a church to someone we did not know, for six
weeks. It was supposed to be a cure all for the
problems of this church but I have heard little
of it once it was completed.
I say this because I held my nose then, and tried
to do the best I could with Forty Days of Purpose,
in the name of unity and I say the same today,
I hold my nose and teach on respecting the elderly
as a "sanctity of life" issue on par with abortion
on demand - apparently success in the literary
field gives authority and instant credibility to
even those on the periphery that are associated
with the movement and now are leaders in the
Southern Baptist Convention.
I have one more disclaimer - how strange that
abortion on demand nips potential old people in the
bud and thus eliminates the problem.
The Bible teaches us to respect those who are older.
The Bible also teaches good manners, younger people
are to honor those who are older.
Barzillai is described as an 80 yr. old man - Jewish
tradition called for young people to stand when an
old person was within seven feet and could sit back
down when the person had passed.
Barzillia was a rich man of status and was
gracious in helping David and his followers
during a time of great need.
Of David, the book of Acts 13:36 tells us that
he served his generation - well, Barzillia served
Perhaps someone older has helped you in life,
through financial assistance, hospitality, under-
standing or wise advice - passing it on is God's
David was grateful and offered to take care
of Barzillia until his death - notice the reply
of Barzillia in vs. 34-35
This reminds me of what is coming to all -
Eccl. 12:1-7, 13-14
Barzillia recommended his son and David took
him in stead - "put new wine in new bottles"
Generational conflict between the young and
old can have churchwide complications -
especially in worship style
"be sincere and without offense" - Phil 1:10
"with unleavened bread of sincerity & truth" - I Cor. 5:8
"in simplicity & godly sincerity" - II Cor. 1:12 (read)
"speaking the truth in love" - Eph. 4:15
Last week end around 125 church members met
for around 10-12 hours dealing with conflicts
over contemporary vs. traditional ways of doing
The youth were not involved, I remember seeing
one on Friday night in attendance and one to
my knowledge on Saturday
Yet in this conflict - go back to the survey to
change, only 20% of the church responded and
of that 20% there was a disproportionate response
from youth to adults.
I say this in reference Isaiah 3:8-14a
and trying to avoid this both on a national
and church level.
Advice of Gamaliel - Acts 5:35c, 38-39
Authority - an issue
Example of Korah - Numbers 16 -whole
chapter but esp. vs. 2-3,38
Jude 11 "perished in the gainsayings of Core"
gainsaying - dispute/strife
My own standpoint - the ideal is the testimony of
John the Baptist - "He must increase but I must
The strange fire of Nadab & Abihu
Leviticus 10:1-2 Numbers 3:4, 26:61
"rebuke" in I Tim. 5:1 - which means to
deal harshly with contrasted with "exhort"
which has to do with beseeching, understanding,
nudging and patient persuasion.
Contrast Eli with Samuel
Contrast Rehoboam with Solomon
some of these problems brought on by pastor
who sought only young men's advice - the
traditional leadership ignored.