Several years ago in Michigan, a very interesting case was on the docket of a city court. It seems that Michigan passed a law that made cursing in front of women and/or children illegal. A canoeist (young man about 25 years of age) found out the hard way that that law would be upheld. The canoeist tipped his canoe over in a small river and immediately let loose a string of blasphemy and coarse language. A woman who heard it complained and the case wound up in a court of law where the offender was put on probation and fined a couple of hundred dollars. I have lived just more than 69 years and I never, in my wildest imagination, thought I would live long enough to see a society as rude as ours is. Our Bibles teach us to love everyone and reminds us that, “love is not rude.”
Monday…It is one thing to complain about others and their crude, rude, obnoxious behavior, but Jesus reminds us that we are to proactively “do to others as we would have them do to us.” Are you polite? Do you ‘mind your manners’ when out of sight of family and friends?
Tuesday…Rude, boorish behavior is to be expected of children…they simply do not know better and need to be trained. The love chapter, I Corinthians 13, reminds us that when we become adults we are to put away “childish things.” Among those childish things is petulant, immature behavior.
Wednesday…We have an older lady in Nashville who works in one of the retail stores in that tiny town. She calls everyone, “honey,” or “sweetheart” or “darling.” It used to seem presumptuous to me and it grated on my nerves just a little. However, I will say that this sweet old soul now has shown me the value of her kindness and wonderful attitude. What a refreshing change from the rudeness we all see every day!
Thursday…Read the list of the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22ff and notice the vast chasm between those holy attitudes and behaviors and just plain ol’ rudeness!
Friday…A loving attitude naturally results in good behavior. We Christians do not have to “put on airs” as people used to say. As we follow Christ and submit to the Spirit of God, it is not difficult for us to avoid coarse language, behavior, thoughts and attitudes.