Summary: Today is Father’s Day, a day to reaffirm that God has given us, as fathers, great responsibility in our homes.
MELVIN M. NEWLAND, MINISTER
CENTRAL CHRISTIAN, BROWNSVILLE, TX
A. Well, today is Father’s Day. The ladies of the church honored us this past week in a special "Father & Son" banquet, with good food, program, & special recognitions. It was great, & on behalf of the men, ladies, let me thank you all again.
ILL. A few years ago, Bill Cosby began his book, "Fatherhood," with these words: "So you’ve decided to have a child. You’ve decided to give up quiet evenings with good books & lazy weekends with good music, intimate meals during which you finish whole sentences, sweet private times when you’ve savored the thought that just the two of you & your love are all you will ever need.
"You’ve decided to turn your sofas into trampolines, & to abandon the joys of leisurely contemplating reproductions of great art for the joys of frantically coping with reproductions of yourselves. Why?"
He goes on, "Poets have said the reason to have children is to give yourself immortality; & I must admit I did ask God to give me a son because I wanted someone to carry on the family name. Well, God did just that & I now confess that there have been times I’ve told my son not to reveal who he is. `You make up a name,’ I’ve said. `Just don’t tell anybody whose son you are.’"
SUM. Well, today is Father’s Day, a day to honor fathers, & a day to reaffirm that God has given us, as fathers, great responsibility in our homes.
B. Now in times past we have talked about some of God’s wonderful promises.
And today, I want to call your atttention to a promise found in Deuteronomy 5:16. I’m sure you have heard it before. But please listen again.
It says, "Honor your father & your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long & that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you."
That promise is repeated in the N.T, in Ephesians 6:1-3. Listen to it. "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. `Honor your father & mother’ - which is the first commandment with a promise - ’that it may go well with you & that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’"
C. Now I should also point out that the Bible does speak plainly about those who don’t honor their father & mother. And at first glance, these words will be a shock to most of you who hear them.
Deuteronomy 21:18-21 says, "If a man has a stubborn & rebellious son who does not obey his father & mother & will not listen to them when they discipline him, his father & mother shall take hold of him & bring him to the elders at the gate of his town. They shall say to the elders, `This son of ours is stubborn & rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a profligate & a drunkard.’ Then all the men of his town shall stone him to death. You must purge the evil from among you. All Israel will hear of it & be afraid."
Didn’t I say that this would shock you? But I must hasten to point out that during the time the people of Israel tried faithfully to obey God’s laws, there is no record of any parents ever having to do what we just read.