Urban Dictionary: Rolling eyes: Condescension, contempt, boredom, or exasperation.
Parenting expert Jan Faull, MEd: “Eye rolling expresses disrespect. There you are making a reasonable request and your child responds with an eye roll as if to say, “You are so annoying.” It’s close to expressing contempt for what you’ve said, if not for you personally.”
I am amazed at the widespread disrespect shown by so many Christians! I have begun to notice how many adults show this disrespect by the rolling of their eyes. I think anyone reading this knows what I am talking about. Someone does something we think is stupid, ignorant, or just not up to our own standard of conduct, and we show our contempt by the rolling of our eyes. Sometimes it is discreetly – to another person nearby, just to let them know we aren’t as dumb as the person speaking. Sometimes it is directed right at the target of our contempt, just to be sure they know their place!
At first, the act didn’t impress me much, but more recently I began to see how un-Christ like this behavior is. Just who do we think we are?
So I looked up verses from Scripture on respect, just to see what the Lord has to say about it:
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;
1 Peter 2:17
Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.
Did not He who made me in the womb make them?
Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?
I just kinda doubt that Jesus rolls his eyes at me when I’m stupid, ignorant, gauche, or obnoxious – even though he has every right to, if that right comes from actually being more important than any person! But we don’t have that right. The ground is level at the foot of the cross – there is no one better than another!
Just something to think about……
God bless your day!