The final six commandments deal with our civil behavior. The fifth commandment says, “Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the [Father] giveth thee.” When you are asked to take out the trash, do you do so with a loving heart, or with an attitude of resentment? Honor of your parents, and any elder, is commanded by the Father. This command doesn't go away with emancipation at age 18, nor with the death of the elder. Parents and elders are to be honored and respected throughout YOUR lifetime (Ex 20:12, 21:15, Dt 5:16).
Few obey this commandment in our society. Perhaps they feel it is outdated, or perhaps they have not outgrown their rebellious years. This commandment is crucial. If we honored those who are wiser than we are, history may not repeat itself so often! Wisdom often increases your longevity, so, often, the oldest living person is the wisest. There are exceptions. One able-bodied 95 year old man is quite an exception, but there is still wisdom in his stories of adventures taken, just in the form of what NOT to do. If he were not such a risk taker, he would not have the stories to tell!
The sixth commandment reads, “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13). This includes abortion. The punishment for causing a miscarriage was “life for life” before the Savior taught us to forgive (Ex 21:22-23). Therefore, we know an unborn child is considered alive by the Father. We are commanded not to murder (Ex 20:13, Dt 5:17). Enough said.
There is a small, growing movement in the Wapello County and Jefferson County area to remove pagan traditions from Christianity. To find a meeting, text or leave a message at 641-451-1111. Peace in the Savior.