Saturday, May 10, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Malachi 4:4-6(NASB)
4 "Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel. 5 "Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. 6 "He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse."
Those were the last words of the Old Testament1, and He spent them talking about family. In a culture that seems to dis the role of parents, we need to pay heed to that warning. Children are stashed in day care and stashed in front of the boob tube, while parents are then stashed in senior centers and nursing homes as they grow old. Too often, our culture leaves the raising of children on auto-pilot; we can't count on kids getting all their spiritual education in Sunday School. I'm probably preaching to the choir here, but dads, you need to spend less time in front of the TV (or the computer-ouch!) and more time with your children. Verse 6 was the cornerstone of a Dennis Rainey Promise Keepers' sermon we saw last night at a men's meeting at church last night. Rainey dwelled on three points for godly dads-seeking a right relationship with their Father in heaven, with their earthly father and with their kids. I'm out of the third part, not being a father yet (at least I'm married now, so that only 40% of PK rhetoric isn't for me rather than 80%), but I can work at having a better relationship with my parents. Remember that one of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:12) goes as follows-"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you." We're in parent-honoring season, with Mother's Day tomorrow and Father's Day next month. Just like everyone's in a giving and spiritual mood at Thanksgiving and Christmas, then retreats to their emotional and spiritual miserliness the other 10.5 months of the year, we get all gooey about our folks in late spring and ignore them the other 10.5 months of the year. However, if we want a spiritually fruitful life, we need to be 12-month honorers rather than 1.5 month honorers. 1-for the non-Apocrypha part, before my Catholic and Anglican friends jump all over me.

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