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Respecting Our Elders: A Kingdom Online Commentary

Deuteronomy 5:16 (KJV) Honour thy father and thy mother, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

Is this verse limited to the care of our parents only? Or is there an inferred message which is inclusive of honoring all of the senior members of our society, as well as, ensuring that care is taken for their well-being? I believe that this is inclusive of all senior members within our communities, and the society at large.

We must remember that not all of the senior members of society have a family to whom they can turn for assistance. So as citizens of the Kingdom of God, we have an obligation and responsibility to ensure that provision for their needs has been made. It was once a part of the worship experience in the early church (Acts 2:45); however, at some point in history, we have abdicated our responsibilities and have watched as the government stepped in with secular solutions. This is not what God intended initially.

The elders within our families and our communities are a valuable resource for us to draw upon because of their wealth of wisdom and life experience.

The church must once again become its “brother’s keeper” (Mt. 25:31-46). The church must once again step up and provide Godly solutions to the problems of the world and allow its voice to be heard and its light to shine so that all of humanity may see that there is an answer and it is found in Jesus the Christ (Mt. 5:16).

Remember who you are and for what reason you have been called…

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