Protocol

<<code of behaviour; set of procedures>>

The correct way, procedure or conduct required, especially in formal settings. We are to give honour and respect to whom it is due (Rom 13:7). Courtesy, politeness or manners can be summed up in the golden rule, “Doing to others as we would like them to do to us” (Lk 6:31).  Paul said, “I do not want to do anything without your consent” (Phm 1:12-14). He did not want to take advantage of others or assume authority choosing instead to be considerate and submissive.

It is etiquette to respect the office (position) of a dignitary even if you don’t respect the person as such, so consequently we should not make flippant or disrespectful comments about them. 

Who and how should we approach God? The Bible's answer is those with clean hands and a pure heart, indicating upright actions in relation to others and a committed heart that is subject to the ongoing cleansing of the blood of Jesus (Ps 24:3,4; Isa 29:13). Then we can, “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker…Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name” (Ps 95:6, 100:4). This should not be in a formal or ritualistic way, but rather an act of humble submission or attitude of heart, regardless of the physical posture (Mal 1:6). Out of respect we should come to our heavenly Father on His terms; that is, through what Christ accomplished for us by the cross (Heb 12:28-29).

See also: manners, proper, submission.


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