FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS
by Walter Lofton
It has been stated by some that the home is a workshop where the process of character molding are silently, lovingly, faithfully, and successfully carried on. The home where the family unit dwells is the extension of God’s first institution—marriage. God instituted marriage in Genesis chapter two, verses 21 through 24. God told them to be fruitful and multiply and this is where children come in (at least biblically).
It is the responsibility of the parents to bring up the children in the fear and admonition of the Lord as set forth in Ephesians 6:4 “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Not only are the parents to follow a biblical pattern in bringing up their children, but the children have a part to play in this up-bringing as can be seen in the following verses of Scripture: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth” (Eph. 6:1-3).
In their growing up years children are expected to be in obedience to their parents. The Scripture says this is the right thing to do. Obedience to parents usually translates into civil obedience as well. After they are out of the family nest and on their own this training will stay with them in the form of honoring their parents. The Scriptures attaches a promise or blessing to the honoring of our parents. This promise is that things may go well for them and that they may live long upon the earth. Who could not help but won’t such a reward?
A young lady was arguing that she did not have to obey her mother since she was now grown up. My response to her was that she was right that she was not obligated to continue to obey her mother after she was grown up and on her own but that the Scripture does not put a limit on the honoring part. We are all obligated to continue to honor our parents throughout out lives.
Some may argue that honor would imply condoning actions that we knew to be sinful or unlawful. No one is forced to follow sin or lawlessness. But honor in these instances is mere respect for our parents, nor agreement with them.
Some homes are riddled by excesses and abuses because of miss-guided parents when they resort to drugs, abuses of many kinds, and other terrible actions. Many children never get the spiritual nurture and training that they deserve and grow up to become worse than their parents. That is why God has put it upon the Christians of society to pray for such families and show them the way by turning the searchlight of God’s better way upon them by encouragement and help in whatever ways they may have available to them. In James 5:20 the Scriptures say: “Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” Prayer and witness will go a long way in helping heal the ills of our society and restore the true values of righteousness in the homes and lives of families across our land. As Christians, it is our duty to help heal our land through our prayers and good works.
The Church of God is located just off Prenter Road near Seth.
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