Exodos 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
This law is given us by God to safeguard the integrity of the relationship that should exist between parents and children. Children are here instructed to shew due respect and deference to their parents who brought them into this world. Not only by words but by deeds should this honor be manifested. Children should not curse at their parents, nor answer or treat them disrespectfully in any manner, and are also required to help them in their old age. By this text the Lord is also inferring that children ought to give their parents substantial help with the home duties whenever they can, and should also seek to protect the reputation of their parents from slander, gossip, and derogatory sentiments and actions.
The commandment also has a broader meaning and application, extending to the interactions between children and those to whom God has delegated authority, such as Pastors, Teachers, Elders, and duly elected government officials, for if honor is shown to one's parents at home, it will inevitably radiate outward to all they come in contact with. The converse is also true, for where disregard of parental authority is practiced in the home, the broader effects will be seen in society and in the way children relate to their superiors. Let's read:
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
Obviously a great change has taken place in modern society, for we now often hear of students shooting teachers and fellow classmates, and children treating their parents and seniors as if they were less than animals. Last week we saw with our own eyes the case of a teenager who sued her parents, because she was not willing to follow the reasonable rules of their home. A few years aback such an occurrence would have been unheard of, but as we draw nearer to Christ's second coming, these incidents are scheduled to become more frequent and disturbing. This according to the scriptures. Let's read:
2nd Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.
This dire situation of things is a direct result of the institution of man-made laws and theories, in opposition to the wisdom of God found in the scriptures. In many states across America, parents and teachers are literally debarred from administering appropriate correction to disrespectful or rebellious children where applicable, and the laws of the land can be invoked against God-fearing parents who follow the Biblical instruction to restrain their kids from evil. And so our chickens are now coming home to roost, and we are rapidly becoming prisoners of our own devices. However, there are several passages of scripture which show the sacred duty of parents to restrain their children from evil, and others which clearly show the appropriate response on the part of children to their parents. Let's read:
Proverbs 12:1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Proverbs 3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: 12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
We are therefore under solemn obligation to honor our parents and elders according to the instructions given in God's word, and not partake of the misguided attitudes we see surfacing in society and on viral videos. God's ways are not man's ways and they often conflict, but to those who walk by faith, believing in the Eternal God, and the principles and statutes He has given us to live by, the assurance is given:
Isaiah 49:25 But thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.
May God grant us the strength and the will to adopt the instructions in His word, for as always, they are given to us that it may go well with us and our children, and that we may prolong our days upon the earth. "Good night" and God bless!