Concordia Theological Monthly

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courtesy. pastor, christian, manners, habits, thoughtfulness, courteous

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Who has not heard this comment: "People are not as courteous as they used to be. . . . Young people do not show thoughtfulness for their elders and employers the way they used to do. Folks don't seem to have the manners of the past." In part these reactions are only a symptom of the march of time; the Golden Age always lies in the past. In part, however, the observations are true. Courtesies are folkways, habits of action, and attitude. American civilization causes folkways to break down; for it is materialistic and puts the emphasis upon acquisition of things rather than on the character of people; and it is moving through a phase in which power, the power of the nation or of government or of military might, dominates society.


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Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

1 Peter 3:8; Acts 28:7; Acts 27:3; Philippians 2:5-8; Ephesians 5:2; 1 Peter 2:23; Matthew 11:29;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars