HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER
In the past, when you earn your first paycheck, you take it home, to your parents. Some call it #BlackTax…. Today, in the Christian Community, we have received another teaching, which is: When you earn your first paycheck, you should take it to Church… When you have a salary “raise”, you should take it to Church, and so forth. You must continue to vow every money to “God”.
Giving financial and material substances to our parents doesn’t seem to have anything to do with obeying the commandment to honour your father and your mother… But wait, it does!!
It is true that we need money to run the affairs of the Church, yes. And many of our Churches depend heavily and in fact some Churches depend exclusively on the members to provide the money. Somehow, that practice or tradition has replaced the emphasis on supporting our Parents with our financial and material substances.
Honouring the Parents, in our minds, have been limited to mean just courtesy and respect. Even “Parental Guidance” has been taken from the Parents – and a lot of people will rather do what the Pastor says than listen to their Parents.
However in the Bible, there are evidences to prove that Jesus seems to a completely different viewpoint. He took the matter up with the Religious Leaders of the time. And these are the Words of Jesus in Matthew 15:4-5 (NLT)
“For instance, God says, ‘Honor your father and mother,’…
But YOU SAY it is all right for people to say to their parents,
‘SORRY, I CAN’T HELP YOU.
FOR I HAVE VOWED TO GIVE TO GOD WHAT I WOULD HAVE GIVEN TO YOU'”
And just that, they are relieved of their obligations to their Parents!!
Jesus wasn’t happy with the situation at that time, and He is not happy about it today as well.
Jesus and His Mum
In the Bible, Jesus and His Mum had their own share of Mother-Son relationship.
The first time, Boy Jesus got lost in the crowd in the City and his Mother panicked. It was later seen that this boy did it intentionally!! #Naughty
Then He went home and grew up into a fine gentleman; He was obedient, did His chores, and even took after His Father’s trade. A Carpenter!
Then we saw Him at the Wedding at Cana in Galilee, His Mum was trying to brag about His abilities – “My Son is gifted, ask Him, whatever He tells you to do is the Solution”, she bragged.
Jesus responded: “What is My Business with you, WOMAN?”.