“Honour your father and mother . . . ” If you come from a home where you were loved and cared for by your parents, you probably hear these words and say, “Yes. That is exactly what I want to do. What a privilege!” If you come from a home where you were not loved and cared for by your parents, you may hear these words and say, “No. That is exactly what I don’t want to do. They don’t deserve it.”
No matter what our condition or role in life, we all have family relationships. Maybe you come from a family where respect and support for parents and elders were highly valued. Maybe you have been influenced by an educational system that has taught you to blaze your own path and question the wisdom of your parents and elders. Maybe you live between different cultures, the way of life of your parents, and the ways of Canada.
What is God’s perspective on child-parent relationships?