As we come to the end of the term, and the end of the year we consider what it means to respect EVERYONE, not just some people, or specific people but EVERYONE. Our thought for the week comes from Clyde Kluckhan who says
“Every human is like all other humans, some humans, and no other humans”
Over the last term we have looked at respect in terms of groups of people, and areas of our life, but respect is something that should be in all aspects of life and something that we should show to all people.
In an act of collective worship recently one of our guest speakers said that he didn’t tolerate people. At first this shocked me, because that is what our society talks about – being tolerant. But once he explained, and the more I thought about it, the more I agreed with him. The idea of tolerance is allowing something to happen when you don’t like it. So if we’re tolerating people, then we are allowing them to exist when we don’t like them. We are putting up with people and things. That isn’t respect and that isn’t love.
This is not to say that we need to agree with everyone, or even like everyone, but liking is different to loving. Every single person is created by God and is loved by God, we should honour that by loving them as well. We are humans, we are going to disagree, but that doesn’t stop us from demonstrating love to all. Through love we will automatically be respecting, and if we can show love and respect then more people will want to follow that example.
Have a great summer