A Culture of Honor
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves." -Romans 12:10
I love seeing how Asian cultures treat their elders. Honor in their culture is a big part of respecting someone who has lived life longer than you, (and hopefully has more wisdom, too!) That may be why they have the highest life expectancy! (Ephesians 6:2&3) Honor is also a trademark of military life. Honor is very much a kingdom idea. In our American culture, honor is rare, while idolatry is rampant. It is very fitting to honor people for their achievements and service. But in everyday life, we should learn to honor people wherever we are. Honor isn't conditional; rather we honor people because they are God's creation, created for a specific purpose in Him. Honor brings out the best in people. Bill Johnson, third generation minister and Senior Pastor of Bethel Church in Redding California says, "Leaders who want a culture of honor so they'll be treated better miss the point. Honor is the atmosphere in which the people of God become their best."
We realize as we honor others that we receive honor in return. If we learn to honor even the smallest person, we've recognized what it means to be great in God's kingdom. Above all, honoring God and putting Him first is the best way to walk humbly in Him. I attended a friend of mine's funeral who had served in the military. What a gut-wrenching service it was! It was amazing to see the honor that was given that day. When we got to the point in the service when the flag was folded and given to his family, everyone was in tears. How can you honor someone today?