Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives




God is Giving Me Good


Treating our neighbor with royal dignity, honoring his or her creation in the Image of God.
Making others feel welcome and comfortable in our presence.

1. Deportment; carriage; behavior; conduct; course of life; in a moral sense.
Evil communications corrupt good manners   1 Cor xv.
2. Ceremonious behavior; civility; decent and respectful deportment.
Shall we, in our applications to the great God, take that to be religion, which the common reason of mankind will not allow to be manners?   South.

Webster's 1st ed., 1828

While my mother and father took fistfights as part of growing up, both were intolerant of bad manners. Manners were the mark of a gentleman, a mark of good breeding; rudeness toward elders, and especially women, was unpardonable. Almost as soon as we could pray, we were instructed in the proper way to handle a knife and fork, and in how to answer our elders and superiors. It was always "Yes, ma'am" and "No, ma'am" to anything my mother said, or to what any woman said, and "Yes, sir," always, to our father.

Patrick J. Buchanan, Right from the Beginning, p. 39.

Good manners are a form of Christian Reconstruction. The every-day problems of life are met in terms of a desire to solve them with grace and charity. A revolutionary temper is hostile to reconstruction; its urge is to destroy, not to rebuild. . . .  When St. Paul wrote, "evil communications corrupt good manners" (1 Cor 15:33), the word he used was ethos, ethical conduct or morals. Moffat rendered it "character." . . . [A] young student . . . a humanist and a revolutionary minded atheist, observed, "I was deliberately rude and immoral; I figured if life was senseless enough to make everything add up to nothing, then manners and morals were nothing but lipstick and paint on a corpse." . . . Our Lord declared, "because I live, ye shall live also" (John 14:19). The revolutionist says in effect to man and the world, "because I die, you shall die also." His gift to the world is death.

R.J. Rushdoony, "Manners," Salvation and Godly Rule, 1983.

1 Corinthians 14:33-40 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. {40} Let all things be done decently and in order.

Isaiah 3:5 The people will be oppressed, Every one by another and every one by his neighbor; The child will be insolent toward the elder, And the base toward the honorable."

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy; meditate on these things.

2 Thessalonians 3:7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you;

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;

1 Corinthians 13:5a Love doth not behave itself unseemly (rudely, [NKJV]).

I am mortifying the deeds of the flesh. My "old man" was

abrupt boorish
brash crusty
curt discourteous
disrespectful bratty
flippant ill-behaved
ill-mannered impertinent
saucy savage
impudent insolent
irreverent rude
sarcastic sassy
smart ass snotty
surly thoughtless
uncalled for uncivil
uncouth wisenheimer

I honor every person as though he were a king or queen.

My good manners remind others that they are "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Ps. 139:14) in the image and likeness of God.

I accept every person as a brother or sister.

My good manners remind others that we are all one family, and defuse arguments and conflicts.

I refresh others with manners which speak of love and respect.

My good manners remind others of how gracious our God is for the gift of life.

My good manners show others that life is good, and are an investment in the future.

Manners are not "insider information" that make me superior to others; knowledge that I can use to belittle others and make them feel inferior to me.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
-- Romans 8:28-29

I have remembered Thy Name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept Thy Law.
-- Psalm 119:55

This isn't that New Age "Positive Thinking" stuff, is it??

Table of Contents