There are new eternal principles we have been discovering that appear nowhere in the scriptures, and, at times, openly oppose them.
One of these is our newly discovered principle “all people deserve respect” coupled with the principle “the savior always treated everyone with respect”.
Both directly contradict the scriptures.
Christ’s words to the Pharisees, the Sadduccees, the priests, and the Levites were frequently not “respectful”. He did not treat them with respect. He called them devils in public. Honestly reading Christ’s dealings with these people shows that he frequently treated them with immense disrespect.
Matthew 23:29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
This leaves us with a choice. Either we can accept that saying “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” is treating people with respect, or we accept that Christ did not treat everyone with respect.
Now Christ is the great example. He lays the path and every point defines. So once we know that Christ himself did not think everyone deserved to be treated with respect, then we know that we do not need to treat everyone with respect.
After all, it was Christ who commanded his disciples:
JST Matthew 7:6 And Jesus said unto his disciples, Beholdest thou the Scribes, and the Pharisees, and the Priests, and the Levites? They teach in their synagogues, but do not observe the law, nor the commandments; and all have gone out of the way, and are under sin.
7 Go thou and say unto them, Why teach ye men the law and the commandments, when ye yourselves are the children of corruption?
8 Say unto them, Ye hypocrites, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
Thus we see Christ commanding his disciples to do the expected thing: to do as they have seen him do. And he tells them go to the Scribes, the Pharisees, the Priests, and say unto them “Why teach ye men the law and the commandments, when ye yourselves are the children of corruption?” and to also say to them “Ye hypocrites, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”
Thus the disciples were commanded to do as all men are, to do as they have seen their savior do.
And we see that other places in the scriptures:
Moroni did not treat Amulon with respect, and yet his letter to Amulon is scripture.
Abinadi: “Are you priests, and pretend to teach this people, and to understand the spirit of prophesying, and yet desire to know of me what these things mean? I say unto you, wo be unto you for perverting the ways of the Lord! For if ye understand these things ye have not taught them; therefore, ye have perverted the ways of the Lord.”
Joseph Smith to one of his guests: “He tarried until Wednesday, 11th, when, after breakfast, I told him, that my God told me, that his god was the devil, and I could not keep him any longer, and he must depart.”
It takes no deep searching to find such statements. It is found all through the scriptures. Treating people with “respect” is simply not part of what defines Christ or those who follow him. Those who follow him may choose to take it up, but someday, it will have to be laid aside as everything that is not of Christ must be shaken and destroyed.
I haven’t even cited the many times God commanded men to slay people, sometimes utterly destroying them. That certainly isn’t “treating everyone with respect”.
The gospel works on other better principles than the one’s man has invented. Perhaps if we would learn to find and follow after those divine principles instead of man-made ones we would see the world in different, better terms. None of the verses I cited illustrate a man treating other men with respect. Neither will the words of the Savior I will conclude with. But all of the words I have cited fit perfectly with these words of the Son of God, for each quote I have given is based in the proper measures of judgment, mercy, and faith all playing their proper role:
Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.