In a recent sermon by Bro. Jan, he made the statement that as a culture, our perspective on who should be revered is influenced by Hollywood. Those individuals that walk with a swagger, have a proud look and boast about how great they are, are the ones who become famous. Those individuals that work in the background, never seeking attention are ignored. Yet, Jesus Christ says it is these individuals that he will exalt (Matt 18:4).
I found it refreshing, therefore, to see a news article this week by Bob Greene where he openly praised the value of humility. The article was about 4-Star General Peter Chiarelli, the number 2 ranking general in the US Army. This is an exalted position which one addresses with deference. General Chiarelli attended a Washington dinner in full uniform. Unfortunately, the stripe in his trousers looked just like the stripe in the waiter’s trousers. As General Chiarelli approached his table to be seated, White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett saw him approach from behind her. Seeing his trousers, she assumed he was the waiter and summoned him to get her a glass of wine. This could have been a most embarrassing and catastrophic moment for Ms. Jarrett. She was “mortified when she realized her mistake.” It could have been catastrophic, but it wasn’t.
It wasn’t because of the way General Chiarelli responded. What did he do? What did he say? He said nothing. He simply and humbly poured her a glass of wine. Bob Greene says, “With his lofty rank in the military, he could have given Jarrett the deep freeze, reproached her and corrected her.” (read Greene’s entire article here.)
I wonder how many of us are able to practise this level of humility. I think the natural human reaction when we are insulted is, “Do you know who I am?” Christ made himself of no reputation. As Christians, we need to learn to do the same. The scripture says, “let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”
Our society is losing civility and manners. I think we, as Christians, should go out of our way to be civil and courteous to everyone. Cantankerous behaviour is uncalled for in the church of God. When we fall short, we should be quick to apologize.
What do you think?