The Importance of Christians Displaying Good Manners

These are angry times. So what better time for Christians to display good manners, courtesy, and respect?

Have you ever felt nervous or guilty about honking your car horn at somebody—even if the driver ahead of you is texting his friends, and doesn’t realize the red light has changed to green?

You may be right to feel uncomfortable: In these days of road rage, who knows how the other guy might react.

Which is why I’d love to get a gadget called “The Happy Honk.” Attach it to your steering wheel, and when you want to get someone’s attention in a nice way, you just press the button. A pleasant Southern voice says, over a loudspeaker, “Ah hate to bother you, but ah think that light just turned green.”

At a four-way stop, you can press another message: “You go on ahead, sweetie. Have a good one!”

Even slightly hostile messages are bathed in sweetness: For instance, if someone cuts you off, a message reminds you, “Looks like somebody just learned how to drive today . . . Bless your heart!”

I would love to buy a Happy Honk, but sadly, they only exist as a spoof video. But they do remind us of the need for good manners—not just because we don’t want to get killed by other drivers, but also because Scripture commands us to treat others with respect.

You might be surprised at how often the Bible discusses this. For example, in Matthew 7:12, we’re told to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In other words, we all want others to treat us with respect and courtesy, and we should be sure we treat others that way, too.

In Colossians 4, Paul says “Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how to respond to each person.”

In Matthew 5, we’re warned against publicly insulting others. Whoever says to his brother, “You fool!” will be in danger of the fires of hell.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Eric Metaxas and Anne Morse