This weekend at the Rock, we are going to open our bibles to Ephesians 6 and read the words “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the Earth.”
For many, these words are very simple and clear. They are easy to understand to those that happen to be blessed with parents that genuinely seek after God. But what if you don’t have those parents? What if your parents ask you to “obey” them in ways that you know is contrary to the Word of God? In those cases it almost seems like you are caught in a catch 22. Do you sin against God by obeying what they are asking you? Or do you violate Ephesians 6 by disobeying your parents?
Then we come to the idea of “honor”. Again, the expectation from the Lord to honor godly parents is easy to understand and put into practice. But what about the parents that left? Neglected you? Abused you? Failed to provide for you? Spoke terrible, hurtful things to you? Played favorites? Lived as an addict, adulterer, liar, thief etc? What does Ephesians 6 mean then?
I am spending time praying for those that God will bring to the Rock this weekend. I’m praying that He will prepare hearts and that He alone will speak clear, loving truth to many about what it means for them to honor their father and mother.