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Honor and Duty

Honor and Duty

Words of Faith 11-1-18

Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2018

Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL

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Luke 17:10

[10] So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.' "


        Duty is not something that we talk about very much these days.  There have been a number of significant studies by sociologists showing that the primary motivational glue in American culture one hundred years ago was "duty" and "honor.”  The truth is that our grandparents and great grandparents would not understand our culture very well.  They would not understand many of the things that people do based upon "feelings" or "fulfillment.” 

       At the turn of the 20th century, people did almost everything out of a sense of duty.  People stayed married because of duty, fought wars because of duty, worked long hard days because of duty, cared for aging parents because of duty, and went to church because of duty.  They did the right thing, not for fear of getting caught, but because it was the right thing to do!

       In 1908, Sir Robert Baden Powell founded a movement in England called the Boy Scouts that very much expressed that commitment to duty.   That movement is now in 117 countries.   Perhaps you can recall at some point in your life saying the words