Did your parents ever say, "Listen to your elders"? Well, it is not a bad thing to do. Generally, it is a sign of respect to people who have lived life and, hopefully, have some wisdom to show for it. As I have grown older, I have learned that it is important to show respect to all people.
All people need to be shown that they matter and are important. But does that mean they are right in their thought processes? Does being older mean that they know better? If that be the case then the apostle Paul should have said, "Imitate me." He didn't say that. He said, "Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ" (1 Corinthians 11:1).
Christ is the key factor in how a person listens to others. Christ is the one to be followed. Christ is to supersede one's elders, parents, teachers, spouses, children, co-workers, and friends. Christ is who a believer imitates.
The Lord's humbled . . . John A. Reeves