Father’s Day is a time to honor your dad or the dad in your household. It is also a time to remember one of God’s Ten Commandments. It’s 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” (Ex. 20:12). Yes, God requires us to honor our fathers and mothers. Unfortunately, there are those who go so far as to curse and to beat their parents.
Long ago, in ancient Israel, God wanted such sin punished. This is what God said: “He who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death…And he who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death” (Ex. 21:15&17). God must have considered such sin to be very serious. It is serious. Of course, today we don’t call for the death penalty when a son hits or curses his father. This does not mean the sin is any less vile. The son or daughter who refuses to repent or turn away from this evil still faces the death penalty. It’s the penalty of eternal death in hell. This is what the Bible means when it says, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 3:23).
The only solution is to turn away from such sin and to turn back to God. Ask God to forgive you because of Christ’s death on the cross. Trust Christ. Trust in His death as the only adequate payment for your sins. This is really the only solution to the sin of breaking the Fifth Commandment. God also promises long life and prosperity to those who keep this commandment. To help you understand this better, click here and listen to a short message called “Honor Your Father.”