THE CHRISTIAN QUOTATION OF THE DAY
Christ, our Light
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Taken as practical counsel for survival, the Fifth Commandment is now almost a dead letter. Yet if our world were truly Christian, the change might be a reason for rejoicing. We no longer need our families—we are therefore free to love them with complete unselfishness. Now at last it is possible to honour our parents genuinely, because they no longer have the power to kill us if we don’t. The old sort of honour was sometimes an ugly sham: the son who respects Father only out of fear of punishment is not much of a son, just as the Christian who worships God only out of fear of hell is precious little of a Christian. But the new sort of honour can be a beautiful and holy thing. There are many sweet and sane families bound together by love; there are plenty of experts who remind us that only love can make the modern family work at all. And one must admit that there are plenty of parents very willing to be honoured.
The catch is that not so many of them are willing to be honourable.
... Joy Davidman (1915-1960), Smoke on the Mountain, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1955, reprint, Westminster John Knox Press, 1985, p. 67-68 (see the book; see also Matt. 15:4-6; Ex. 20:12; Jer. 12:2; Mark 7:10-13; Heb. 3:12; more at Family, Hell, Honor, Love, Obedience, Punishment, Unselfish, Worship)

 
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