Week 31 Day 2
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Exodus 20: 12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
Children breaking away from clueless parents has been the quintessential portrayal of family relationships for as long as I can remember. Even delving into older literature one can find this pattern. In the text above God moves from the vertical dimension of His instructions for the fledgling nation of Israel to the horizontal, our relationships with one another. I don’t think anyone would argue that having a stable and well ordered home life would most likely, all other things being equal, be the best way for the whole family to get on in the world. You will note that this text carries a promise of the “if this, then this” type.
Consider for a moment the implications here. Not only are the children tasked with the need to respect their parents, the parents themselves by intimation should foster the kind of relationship that would naturally garner the kind of “honor” described here. (i.e. living by these commandments)
Sadly, we have gone so far down the road of radical individualism and “personal space” that the family unit seems doomed virtually from the beginning. What can be done to save the family? Think about it. Constantly re-defining family as any group of people living in the same house has failed miserably. Perhaps if people would be trained from an early age to consider long and well before entering into the kinds of relationships which lead to pregnancy and children the need for abortion laws and the plethora of unwanted children living on the margins of society would be greatly reduced.
It all seems to begin with this most crucial of horizontal relationships. When these are not supported by aby dimension of the vertical relationships sin takes over and works hard to destroy the beauty and potential of what God has created.