When you contemplate Love, Agape Love, you are focusing on the pure Love that God is. While we sometimes read the characteristics from First Corinthians 13 and romanticize them, they are serious attributes. These are not traits that we simply expect others to develop but we are to strive to develop them ourselves. As a Christian, we add or eliminate the traits Paul mentions because we want to become more like God.
Rudeness has no place in the Christian life. A fine example of rudeness (that may be an oxymoron) happens in the political realm. If it is not bad enough that the politicians behave rudely, those who claim to be of faith behave rudely too. In this country, we have made political issues out of behavior. Because they are viewed to be political issues, political rules are applied. Rudeness is allowed. This religious group is ok with abortion, that one is not. This one tolerates a homosexual lifestyle, that one does not. And the way it is discussed does not show love.
Sadly, people forget that behavior is not a political issue but a heart and soul issue. It does not belong to governments to regulate but to God.
Even though Politics allow for rude behavior, being rude about it is not what love is about. Love will speak the truth but it does not need to bring out contempt filled, belittling or degrading words, slogans and actions in order to make its point. Another Bible version says that Love does not behave itself unseemly. That is to say, inappropriately to the situation.
As true as it is among those in Christ, it is vital that love is shown to non Christians. If God is Love, how can we show ourselves to be God’s children if we act like the world does (and yes, the world is rude)?There is a group, you may have heard of that protest funerals of the military and other assorted individuals. The protests are filled with hateful rhetoric. The rhetoric makes it difficult for a person to see beyond it.
If the Scriptures teach (and they do) that God considers the homosexual lifestyle to be a sin then how do you teach that message?
If you have ever had to deal with a person involved in heterosexual lifestyle that was sinful, how did you deal with that? Protesting with signs and slogans? It isn’t the best way and in fact, it is not a way to do it all.
Peter exhorted his Jewish audience to save themselves from a perverse generation after he had preached a coherent sermon that they accepted and believed. He urged them to act but did not treat them rudely.
The greatest example of Love is the death of Jesus on the cross. No where do you see rudeness in His life, or in His trial, or in His death. You see direct points, you see rebukes, and you read tough warnings, but rudeness…? No!
Let us be sure we take steps to eliminate rudeness from our life.