Coined in Aretha Franklin’s timeless classic, the idea is we all need just a little respect.
The discussion is interesting. Is respect given or earned? Should our respect be for a position and not a person (if we disagree with them)? How is respect lost… or gained? Should we respect everyone?
Respect in spiritual leadership needs serious consideration.
Is it one’s character or agenda that determines respect?
Is it being created in the image of God or one’s achievements that demands respect?
On what basis do we determine who should or should not receive our respect, and do we have this Biblical right?
Regardless of our religious, political or social agenda, Christ is clear about the manner in which we are to treat others. If we want others to show us respect, then we must show respect… first.
I pray we are always careful about our words and our actions. Both should be respectful, because of the influence we have as spiritual leaders.