What is Father’s Day? It is a day in which you can honor your dad or the dad in your household in special ways. Most dads receive a tie or another gift as a way of saying, “Thanks for just being you.”
But why should Father’s Day be only one day a year? Shouldn’t families always be about the business of honoring the moms and dads in their midst? At least God would have it so. He gives familiar instruction in the Bible in the form of what we traditionally call the Fifth Commandment. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you” (Exodus 20:12). The New Testament of the Bible picks up this same theme. “Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise)” (Ephesians 6:2).
What is the promise? The old Westminster Shorter Catechism says this “is a promise of long life and prosperity (as far as it shall serve for God’s glory and their own good) to all such as keep this commandment.” On the negative side, the breakdown of families and large teenage suicide rates argue in favor of keeping the Fifth Commandment. On the positive side, Father’s Day is an annual reminder of the Fifth Commandment and the promise God attaches to it.
Now listen to today’s podcast, “Honor Your Father.”