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October 28, 2008

The Generation Gap – Part 1

Filed under: Ten Commandments — Tags: , , , — Karen @ 1:57 am

“Respect your father and mother—God, your God, commands it! You’ll have a long life; the land that God is giving you will treat you well.” Deut 5:16 (The Message)

This is a tough one for a lot of young people. We’re not just talking about the selfish me-ism of teen culture. I have a curfew, how unfair. Dad won’t let me borrow the car, what a jerk! Blah, blah, blah. For Christians who are living under the authority of agnostic/atheistic parents, Deut 5:16 can seem impossible. Even in Christian homes, people make poor decisions. Mom and dad are just as selfish and sinful as the rest of humanity. Well-meaning, but overly controlling, parents force their almost adult children to question whether God really meant what he said when he came up with the fifth commandment.

Remember that the Ten Commandments are listed in order of priority. That doesn’t mean that you can disregard everything after the first two or three. We are obligated to obey ALL of them. The first commandment says that we are to have no other gods. One God. Capital G. Numero uno God. Father God. 

He is our Father first and foremost. He was our Father before we came to Christ. He was our Father before we were even conceived. So the first thing that you must remember is to honor your Father God. Don’t forget about Father Dad, the guy that falls asleep in the recliner every night and complains about your cell phone bill (“You had 5000 text messages last month!”). Even though he wears black socks with plaid shorts, he loves you and wants the best for you. 

The order of commandments means that obedience to God comes before submission to your natural parents. So, does that mean that you can come up with a super-spiritual reason to disobey mom and dad? Let’s talk about that … 

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