Psalm 75:5, “Do not lift up your horn on high; Do not speak with insolent pride”
During the Supreme Court hearings of Brett Kavanaugh, he was repeatedly interrupted by leftist protesters screaming obscenities and all sorts of vile things. His young daughters needed to be escorted from the hearing room and could not attend his second round of questions based on the vitriolic atmosphere.
Senator Lindsey Graham basically stated “what kind of country have we become when the daughters of the nominee cannot come to their Dad’s hearing” (out of fear for their safety). Imagine going to an interview of one of your parents and strangers yelling obscenities at them continuously. Liberal Senator Dick Durbin disturbingly called this “the voice of democracy”. No Durbin it called the voice of violent insolence!
Whatever your religious or political views are, insolence and rudeness should not be tolerated, but in recent times it has been increasing and growing. It will then sadly manifest itself into violence.
Over the weekend for example in a debate, my argumentation was the God is sovereign. I provided Scripture as my authority in the matter. My opponent responded that my “brain was rotten” and then all sorts of insolent accusations outside of any bounds of common decency. Another made comments so profane, I cannot even repeat. And to put this into context, I usually debate Roman Catholics, these were not Roman Catholics but so-called professing Christians.
Am I perfect in the decency department? I would confess no that I am not, but still have common decency by the grace of God. Often times I react to insolence and false accusation with my own insolence, but in those times I am convicted as well. Thus there is the difference. If you aren’t convicted, or immediately feeling guilt over insolence, ask yourself if the Spirit of God dwells in you. We all have bad moments and days, but make sure this is not bad months, years, and decades.
The secular world obviously believes now there is no right or wrong in insolence. You can be violent, rude, and completely vitriolic if the cause you believe in is being threatened such as abortion. I often wonder if these protesters place themselves in the shoes they are attacking. Would they like their own children hearing the hatred being spewed at them by complete strangers? Would they like their job interviews being constantly interrupted by someone screaming and yelling who disagrees with their idea of morality?
First Timothy 3 instructs us here on why common decency is basically gone.
1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; 9 but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.