Pastor / Missionary Larry Stockstill shared something his wife saw while on vacation recently:
She saw a veteran walk out on to the beach in the pouring rain with lightning flashing everywhere and wind howling.
He walked over to a flagpole where an American flag was flapping in the storm. He stood in the rain, put his hand over his heart, saluted, and respectfully took the flag down to safety inside.
That flag did not represent a piece of fabric flailing in the rainstorm. It represented millions of American men and women who died in their blood on foreign battlefields to birth, defend, and protect this great nation.
This is HONOR. This is respecting what something (or someone) represents.
Honor is a part of God’s character and, therefore, should be a part of every Christian’s character:
God has said, “. . . those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed. 1 Samuel 2:30 (NKJV)
There is a great lack of honor in our society today and it is up to those who say that they know Christ Jesus to reinstate its place in practice.
The street preachers need to honor the Church and the Church needs to honor the street preachers. Pastors need to honor one another because of the office that is held. The office of government officials should be honored whether we agree with those who hold them. Citizens should honor the Police and the Police should honor the citizens.
I think you get the idea. We need a revival of honor that recognizes both the sacrifice and service rendered and the intrinsic worth of every individual.
Honor has no room for demeaning, degrading, divisive speech or action for any reason.