Community-Building: Fifth commandment Showing Honor and Respect
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Honor your father and your mother.
Parents-fathers especially-are given little respect in our media today. Too often they are clueless bumblers whom children have to teach rather than the other way around. But this is not how the Bible pictures fathers. In fact, the primary father figure in the Bible is God Himself. When children think of God as a Father, it can have positive or negative connotations. Do they think of someone who is gentle, loving, and wise? Or, do they think of someone who is harsh, unforgiving, and cruel? Parents have a huge responsibility as God's representatives to their children. How we treat our children is a big factor in their understanding of God. What are you teaching your children about God by how you parent?
Honoring our parents means obedience when we are children, and it means respect and care when we are adults. One way we teach our children how to honor us as parents is by how we treat our parents, their grandparents. We show respect is shown by how we talk to and about our parents. We show love by including our parents in our lives and the lives of our children (their grandchildren). We show care by how much time and effort we give to make sure our parent's needs are met, especially as they age.
There is a lot at stake in how we parent. What are your children learning about God from your parenting?
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What is the name of Liz's favorite baseball player?
A. Dizzy Snodgrass.
Q. What does Liz especially like about Dizzy?
A. That he "doesn't take anything off of anybody."
Q. Why does Dizzy kick Liz out of the baseball camp?
A. Because Liz was not treating his father with respect.
Q. Why does Liz's disrespect bother Dizzy so much?
A. Because that's how Dizzy treated his own father and he is very sorry about it.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
When the Bible calls God our Father what does that tell you about God?
Here are some verses that talk about God as our Father. Look them up and discuss them together as a family: Deuteronomy 1:30-31, 32:6b; Psalm 68:5; 103:13; Isaiah 64:8; Matthew 6:9, 26; Romans 8:15; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Hebrews 12:7-11. There are also some verses in the Bible that compare God to a mother. See Isaiah 49:15, 66:13; Matthew 23:37.