Sat, Oct 29th - 3:25PM
The Demise Of Civility & Hospitality
What happened to the hospitality, chivalry, courtesy, etiquette, and propriety of past generations? The demise of civility and hospitality is the result of various influences. Widespread lack of parental presence, training, supervision, and participation in the lives of children has had a negative effect; children do not automatically display etiquette and manners that they have not been taught. (Proverbs 22:6) The rise of feminism has been destructive to chivalry and femininity; being a gentleman and practicing chivalry is offensive to feminists, and role reversals anathemetised the need for a woman to be treated like a lady. The need for true gentlemen and ladies was replaced by “equality;” equals do not complement each other, they compete. Humanism replaced integrity, self-respect, and other gentlemanly (or genteel) characteristics with self-esteem, replaced personal responsibility and accountability with self-esteem and blamed all sorts of sins, personal problems and social maladies on lack of self-esteem. Humanism has produced a generation where academics and work ethics often suffer as a result of replacing proficiency with self-confidence and civility and hospitality are often sacrificed on the altar of self. (Consider Romans 12:3; Philippians 2:3) Secularism replaced Bible principles with secular philosophy and denies the need to look to Scripture for direction in human interactions and relationships. (Consider Romans 13:7; Colossians 4:6; Hebrews 13:2) Materialism has produced a society of ungrateful, indulgent, and overbearing people without a sense of thankfulness and appreciation, a generation of selfish expectation where an attitude that we deserve everything prevails. (Hence the disappearances of the words “please” and “thank you.”) If we wish to revive civility and hospitality we must deal with the causes of the demise of civility and hospitality.