The theme of last week’s chapel came from Ephesians 6:1-3, Paul’s call for children to obey their parents. Why, aside from the fact that the Bible says so, should children obey their parents? Pastor Kelly Byrd gave three answers to this question.
The first was that parents know more than their kids. They are wiser and know the differences between feeling and fact, now and later, and lastly, compromise and blessing.
The second was that God has always accomplished his great purposes through flawed authorities. Our parents may not be perfect, we are all flawed, yet God requires that we obey. Daniel was under the flawed authority of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Daniel was just a kid when taken captive, but he still remembered everything he was taught and submitted to everything asked of him, except one thing. He refused to change his diet because it was against the Jewish law. Pastor Byrd said that we should obey our parents and authorities in all cases, except when it would be sinful to do so.
Lastly, Pastor Byrd said, “Don’t forget that Jesus had a mom and dad too.” Jesus is God, yet he still subjected himself to the authority of his earthly parents. Like our savior, we were challenged to submit ourselves to our parents, and to not forget the promise, “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on earth.” (Ephesians 6:3)
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