When I was a child and didn’t want to do what my mom instructed, I endlessly questioned her. After about three or four but why’s she would bend down to my level, look me straight in the eye and firmly say, “Because I’m your mother.” That always marked the end of the conversation. What she was really saying was, “for this is right.” My conscience testified to this, but, still, I often refused to obey and honor her.
Now, fast-forward your VCR to today.
Until the second Sunday in May, that is.
On this one, solitary day mothers are given the respect and honor they deserve, full of sweet notes, kind gestures and beautiful gifts. To fail at one of these on Mother’s Day brings public dismay and disgrace on the family. The public at large, in one conscience, acknowledges that honoring our mothers “is right.”
But what about the other 364 days of the year? Most choose to take the fleshy, culture-driven road of selfishness and pride, saying to themselves that they must look out for #1 and that they deserve all that their mother has given them. But God looks at every day as Mother’s Day – a day we should honor our moms. God so seriously views this instruction that He commanded the Israelites to inflict capital punishment on all those who continuously disobeyed and dishonored their parents. Few crimes rank in this most serious category, among the list include murder and adultery.
“‘If there is anyone who curses his father or his mother, he shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother, his bloodguiltiness is upon him.” Leviticus 20:9
God takes rebellion and disrespect of parents very seriously and thus, as His daughters making a claim to godliness, so should we. We must take off the world’s blinders and look straight into the light of the truth of God’s Word. Though we are no longer under the Law (capital punishment) but under grace (forgiveness of sins by Jesus), the command and seriousness God bestows on that command still stands firm. On Mother’s Day, if we act or talk differently to our moms than on the other days of the year, our consciences should not appease us for our good works, but rather condemn us for revealing our true colors.