I ended Tuesdays post by asking you if you thought I was crazy and if I was alone in thinking that we need to be held to a higher level of respect these days...
I don't think I'm alone. I just came across this article of a restaurant in LA that will give you a discount if you leave your phone at the hostess station while eating! They are encouraging visitors to spend more time with the people they came with than their phones.
Maybe some biblical references will drive my point home...
Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them, for this is the Law of the Prophets. Matthew 7:12
I know that it ticks me off when I am sitting down to dinner with a friend and they are constantly checking their phone. I know that it drives me bonkers when one of the girls in my eGroup pulls out their phone during eGroup. This is why I hold myself to a higher standard and refuse to sit on my phone while I am with other people.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.
One way that I can devote myself in honor is through respecting them enough to get off of my phone. One way that you can devote yourself in honor is by giving preference to the people you are with over your iPhone, iPad, iTouch, iPod, or whatever techy device you have.
Render to all what is due to them: tax to who tax is due; custom to who custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.
I believe that honor is due to the people that I spend time with. You should believe that honor and respect are due to the people you spend your time with. You can give them that level of respect that you believe is owed to them by giving them your undivided attention when you're together.
Was this not enough for you? Feel free to look up respect, honor or any other synonym to respect in the Bible. You'll find plenty of biblical references to back up my point. They may not have had Apple products or smart phones when the Bible was written. Thankfully, the Bible is a timeless book that will always be relevant.
So, Reader... What are your thoughts?