I was raised in the South so my parents always taught me to say “yes ma’am” and “no sir”. I was taught that everyone deserved a certain amount of respect whether you knew them or not.
With that being said, if we wear casual clothing or a hat in church we aren’t exactly being sinful. Some people see those things as disrespectful when they aren’t necessarily respectful or disrespectful. Although, if we still live with our parents and they tell us not to wear certain things and we just blow them off, then that is sin because we are being disobedient.
Sometimes people try to take their values and make them biblical when they aren’t exactly high on God’s priority list.
3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. 1 Timothy 1:3-4
We have more important things to do than debate whether we should stand up when we sing. We should be sharing the Gospel, making disciples, and growing with our Church family. When we argue about what may be right or what may be wrong we are not honoring God, (even if you think you’re right) we are becoming distracted and becoming too worried about our own opinions.
One way that I think compares to the respect that should be shown toward God is the American Flag and the Bible. When a flag touches the ground, we burn it. I’m not saying that if we drop our Bibles we should set them on fire, but we show a lot of respect and are very particular about how the flag should be treated. Yet we seem to just kind of throw those same principles to the wayside when it comes to a Bible. God’s not going to make sure we don’t get into Heaven and Obama isn’t going to banish us from America, but the Word deserves a little more respect. The word is inspired by God. “All scripture is God breathed”. (2 Timothy 3:16) Last time I checked God didn’t exactly inspire the American flag. Don’t get me wrong, I love America. I’m so blessed to live in country where I can freely write this post, but I feel like we sometimes forget how much more important God’s Word is than our flag. Many men and women sacrifice their lives everyday protecting citizens from danger, and I’m so thankful beyond words for those people, but Christ sacrificing himself was much greater than that. Some of that was my opinion but I’m not going to argue over whether my opinion is scriptural or not.
God is more holy and deserving of respect than anything that has ever existed. I mean come on, we’ll be singing ” Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts” in Heaven for crying out loud. However, we can’t try to make our personal values scriptural and force them on everybody.