Respect For That Which Is Sacred

February 23, 2015

                                                           Respect For That Which Is Sacred

It is suggested that parents read this article to their children to teach them how to distinguish between that which is sacred and that which isn’t.

Let’s suppose that the garbage collectors went on strike and the garbage began to pile up. What would happen if everyone said, “Let’s take all our garbage to the churches and stick it under the pews, or wherever, until the garbage collectors start working again? Would that be a good idea? I hope you wouldn’t agree. That would be an example of profaning that which is sacred. To profane something means to make it common or unclean. It also means to cheapen or not give something the importance it deserves. A church is more than just a building. The Bible also uses the word to speak of his people in this day. To make fun of the church, God’s house, or God’s people, is a lack of respect for that which is sacred.

Ezequiel 22:26 says, Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.”

The name of God is sacred. Sometimes we speak of his holy name. The word “holy” also means sacred. Both words are used in speaking of things that are set apart for a special purpose. Therefore, to take God’s name in vain, is a lack of respect for him and his name. Our text says that God was profaned because of what the priests were doing. Let’s suppose that a family came to your house for a visit. One of the boys in that family goes into your room and throws all your things on the floor. He breaks some of your toys. You would be angry, wouldn’t you? The same thing happens if you go to church and start using dirty words. Let’s suppose also that you don’t respect the Sunday school teacher and start hitting and shoving other children. What if you also took a magic marker and wrote dirty words on the walls? That would be a lack of respect for that which is sacred.

The Bible is something else that is sacred. It is called “The Holy Bible.” It is a book apart from all other books. Solomon said, in Ecclesiastes 12:12, “Of making many books there is no end.” There were few books in Solomon’s day compared to the number of books we have now. The Bible doesn’t compare to any of the other books. The Bible is God’s message to us. We need to read it, believe it, and obey it. To abuse the Bible is to profane it. A child profanes the Bible when he or she disrupts a Sunday school class when the teacher is teaching the Bible.

Prayer is another thing that is sacred. To pray is to talk to God. We shouldn’t interrupt someone who is praying. A prayer meeting shouldn’t be interrupted unless it is an emergency.

To show respect for the church, as a sacred place, we take a bath and put on good clean clothes before we go there. The Bible tells us in I Timothy 3:15 that we need to know how to behave ourselves in God’s house. “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” It is disrespectful to create a disturbance in a theater or a lecture hall. It is even more disrespectful to do it in a church service.

Human life is another thing that is sacred. That is why murder is a very serious crime. One of the ten commandments says “thou shalt not kill.” The word “kill” should be murder. Human life is sacred. That is why we never threaten to murder someone if they won’t convert to Christianity.

Knowing what is sacred is a matter of knowing what has value. Life has more meaning for us if there are things we can have, or participate in, that are sacred. We need to know what things are sacred and keep them in their place.

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