If you were to name some of the most grievous sins a person can commit in life, what do you think would be among this list? What would you say? (let a few people answer) These are all good answers, listen to Paul’s own list in Romans 1:29-30, “They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice…full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness, gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents…” Some of you may think, ‘I don’t think disobeying parents should be in the same line up of all those fantastically wicked things.’ God disagrees. Paul says it again in 2 Tim. 3:1-2, “Understand this, in the last days (OUR DAYS) there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents…” You see guys, the 5th commandment reveals a general principle: respect and honor are to be given to all of the authority figures in our lives. What does this have to do with children and their parents? God has made it so that children are to learn this general principle in their relationship with the first set of authority figures they ever meet – their parents.
Exodus 20:12 says, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.”
Held within this one verse we find God’s definition of ‘the family.’ And immediately we come up against the ways in which our current culture is ridiculously redefining ‘the family’ today. There is to be one Father. There is to be one Mother, and they are to be honored by their children. Why? Because obedience to parental authority is obedience to God. You can’t be a Christian and have it another way. You cannot choose to follow Christ and disobey your parents. This was so severe in the OT (Lev. 20:9) that God required the death penalty for children who cursed their parents. Why so severe? Because in cursing your parents you are, in reality, cursing God because parents are in the place of God for their children.
As you can see we have here in the front row the children in our congregation. I have asked them to remain in here for this message because it directly addresses them as children and how they’re to do life under the roof’s of their parents. But just because they are here up front and in view today, don’t think you have permission to check out if you’re an adult. You still have parents too, all of you are someone’s children, and more so all of you have figures of authority in your life that you must honor.