In my previous post I explored the knee bending issue, but I wanted to get into the actually reason for the title of these two posts.
I recently heard a pastor point out that whether you like the President or not, you should respect him. And I was surprised, not for any lack of agreement, but because I don’t seem to recollect hearing that preached on before, even for a brief moment. (Though I have read the idea at least.)
Do you know what happened when Hitler took over the Youth of Germany? The system began teaching them disrespect for the old and weak, (and anyone not a German.)
It was horrifying in cultures where respect for elders was a given principle of life, but I believe every tyranny of that sorts starts out by teaching the youth to despise certain things.
In China it was the Rich, the wealthy, the overlords. Anyone who had any valuables.
Those of us who aren’t in the Country and who see value in these things, are dumbfounded that people could ever be convinced they were worthless. But it’s brainwashing. They weren’t allowed to question it.
You can guess where I’m going with this, I think many people who influence this country are now trying to bias it against the morals that would make it harder for them to take over.
Once upon a time, in a land not far away, Slander and Libel, (See. J. Jonah Jameson for the difference between the two,) were considered low things to commit. Everyone knew of course that people did it, but those people were looked down upon as being willing to say anything for a sensation.
Now, that goes without saying.
Now the thing that we are all supposed to forget about is Respect.
Respect for leaders, for authority, for law and order.
Think about it, there is no such thing as respect for any of those things in most of the Media now. In many parts of the country, people disregard the value of those institutions.
It might seem that the leaders of this country have more to lose than gain if all the youth in it have zero respect for the leader themselves, but that’s where their plan becomes diabolical.
In addition to not giving anyone respect whom we don’t personally like, we are taught to blindly listen to anyone who echoes our own beliefs, the opinion we want to have supported, and who appeals to our personal taste.
It doesn’t matter how immoral they are, we like what they do.
To youths of this country, Older People may seem prudish when they don’t like the things they watch or listen to (or even when they do like them) but the fact is, some of them at least have their reasons.
Some of our parents and especially Grandparents can just remember a time when people were not revered if they behaved in the ways celebrities often behave now. They were not defended by any decent folks.
They can remember a time when not all sin under the sun was glorified or laughed at.
I wish I remembered a time like that.
To get back to the main point, The President should be respected.
There will probably be those who wonder if I respected Obama.
The answer is, as a man, no. I had no respect for him, his intelligence, or his ideals. I couldn’t.
As a leader, I was never happy with him, but I would not say things like what I hear being said now.
We are allowed the right to criticize the president, by the Constitution. But not to make death threats against him (or anyone) and his family; to slander him without a cause, or to lie about him.
To show videos of him that can be interpreted many ways.
To call him the names that he has been called.
Now, though I considered what we do with our mouth to be vital, I’ll admit that we are given the right to say whatever we want. The Founders knew that plenty of folks would criticize the leaders, but the also wanted to have a balanced view of the population.
Not a one sided view that tries to shut up any voice that goes against it.
I don’t think they intended for us to be lied to constantly as a whole.
I also don’t think they intended to ever suggest that leaders do not deserve respect; but even if they did not address the issue, the Bible does.
That might not matter to some, but there are plenty of Christians saying the same things as the secular world view sources.
Pure hostility is dishonorable, and it never changed a nation. Except to turn it against the very people who would have preserved it.
The German youth turned against those who would have told them that love for your fellow man, and respect for the old are vital things if you would become wise and prosperous in a lasting way.
The Chinese turned against those who could have resisted the new government most effectually, and who could have kept some wealth among them.
We are turning against those who could have united us, and slowed down our path toward utter chaos and destruction.
Even now we could turn back, if we realized what we were doing. It’s why deception is so maddening to hear about and to see, because the deceived believe themselves to be clear sighted.
But having said my say, I don’t intend to worry about it for long. My hope does not depend on the Government. I don’t feel grieved for my own fate as much as for the fate of millions who will never know what hit them.
One more thing, supposing that, in a future time, I come to think our president is not what I had hoped him to be.
Even so, and even though Obama was exactly what many feared him to be, my respect for him should not waver when it comes to the public. Whatever I think in private, my public opinion should be put in such terms as will not disrespect, however much they may offend, the president and his supporters.
You can be honest, and not hostile. Blunt, and not cruel.
That’s my perspective–Until next time, Natasha.