[CF Devotionals] 2010-05-30 - Relevant in Our Culture

The Ten Commandments ~ Part 29

Why is the Fifth Commandment Relevant in Our Culture?

By following this commandment into the teaching of the New Testament, in both the words of the Lord and in the writings of Paul, I think that we can assume that we are still bound by this today. Do you think there is really a problem with this, though? First let's talk about how society in general treats their parents, and then more specifically the Christian community.

Dr. McGee sees this as a concern of duty to both God and man, as we noted earlier, for the following reasons. “The father and mother stand in the place of God to the little one who is growing up. The little one looks up to the father and the mother, and that is the way it should be.” “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother” Proverbs 1:8. Father and mother are to stand in the place of God while their children are small."

This is pretty scary, when you think about the responsibility that this places on the parents.

One thing this does not mean, though, is that as we become adults that we are still called to obedience to parents. (By the way, I think it is important to note even when we are talking of the need for children to obey their parents, this is assuming the call is not to disobedience to God. This can become an issue sometimes, for older children who being saved, have unsaved parents.) We, as adults though, are still called to honor them.

Honoring deals with how we interact with our parents, not a requirement to obedience to them as adults. We read in Genesis 2:23-24 that with marriage comes responsibility to the spouse - and the separation from parents.

“The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”

Again, this doesn't mean there is no longer responsibility to the parents, but the adult is no longer bound to obedience, but has to stand on his own.

To be continued.

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