The second is the caring for our own parents in their declining years.Often this involves the deterioration of the physical body, and frequently of the mind. Honoring parents confronts the Christian with numerous problems, most of which are the source of great agony, and frequently of much guilt.
The Fifth Commandment states, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you” (Exodus ).
This commandment must be taken seriously, not only because it is a matter of Old Testament revelation, but because the obligation to honor parents is one that is reiterated and reinforced by the New Testament: Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth (Ephesians 6:1-3).
Thus, honoring our parents is a command, which we dare not ignore.
We may have to make decisions which our parents disagree with and for which they (or others) may accuse us of being unloving.
With all of these problems related to honoring our parents, one would expect a great deal of help from Christian literature, but this is not so.Much has been written and said to help Christians raise their children.But there is a second reason for carefully studying the Fifth Commandment.Honoring our parents is one of the highest callings and the greatest tasks we face in life.There are two great tasks in life to which most of us are called.The first is the bearing and raising of children, to bring them from the absolute dependence of the womb, to the independence of adolescence, to the maturity of adulthood.