Individual, Family, and Church Responsibility

From Pastor’s Desk:

Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.


The title of my term paper for a recent class was “Generational Degeneration” (yes, it is a play on words). Writing about the time of the Judges (350 years), I used as a premise how each generation drew farther away from God, all the while not caring that they were. After Joshua and leaders under him, had died, there begun a “Downward Spiral” which, by circumstance and occasion, grew with great velocity to the point of complete degradation.

In current society, we have seen a tremendous withdrawal from the principles of the Bible leading our nation and world to a point not unlike the days of the Judges. Sadly, it is not only in the secular, but in the church realm as well.

The church is comprised of families. Families consists of individuals. If individuals are not contributing to the family as he/she should, and families are not upholding the values and principles of the Bible, it will be certain that the degradation of the individual and the family will creep into the church.

Conceding, then, that there is a “Generational Degeneration” in the world, could it be because generation after generation no longer honors father and mother? Really, with all things considered, isn’t that the crux of the matter in each family entity?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out. “Honor your father and mother” is one the Ten Commandments.

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