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Plain Manners

September 5, 2017

“Tubman is the third Methodist, after Ulysses Grant and William McKinley, to appear on USA currency. All three were known for simple words, plain manners and tenacious lives of action and duty.” 
[— Mark Tooley, writing at https://juicyecumenism.com/2016/04/21/harriet-tubman-methodist/%5D

Let’s agree that at their core, manners exist to help us get along with one another, to better exist side-by-side, and to show respect for one another.

It’s been said, in speaking about plain manners, that a guideline should be…

“Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them!

“If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that.

“If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that.”

Jesus says that in Luke 6:31-34. He goes beyond just holding the door for someone.

Jesus envisions plain manners in the sense that they’re obviously different.

Christ’s kind of manners are seasoned with a profound sense of Being and Doing More Than.

Sure seems plain to me, how about you?

 

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