A Blog from the past:
A Culture Of Honour 14/11/11
A lot is said about the term “a culture of honour,” a phrase most-commonly associated with Bethel Church in Redding, California. The basic principle is taken from Philippians 2:3 ” Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” and seems to be a vital part of the Church. Bethel Church gets a lot of praise (and criticism) from different areas, but whatever your opinion of the Church is, you can’t argue that here in Scotland we could use that theme a lot more. In Scotland, we’re more well-known for putting each other down, discouraging others, and frankly afraid to compliment or honour our peers because we think they’ll get big-headed. Whilst that may happen on occasion, I believe it’s rarer than we Scots care to think. As Christians we should love each other deeply. After all, Jesus did say “Love your neighbor as yourself (Matt 22:39).” That means to honour them! Encourage them! Not only Christians, but people we work with, friends, family and people we meet in the street! It seems to be a simple yet powerful tool. And this is not something I’m trying to preach, because I’m not very good at it myself. But I want to be. Because people need to hear that they are loved, cared for, good at things, gifted, have a hope and a future, but yet will face trials and tribulations. Yes, its ok to correct and rebuke, but surely there’s far more room for a culture of honour in these days! I love the verse coined so often by my minister in Stornoway, Tommy MacNeil “God honours those who honour Him (1 Sam 2:30)” but God also honours those who honour others!