A Discourteous Generation PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 15:22


BY Berlie G. Yap

“But understand this that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy.” (2 Tim. 3:1-2, ESV)

Nothing is more important amongst parents but to see their children give them the due honor. Such is also relative to any older folks from our youths today. Thus, it is quite appalling to see or hear youths nowadays not just disrespect their elders but even hurt them physically. There were two young men who were arrested by the police for committing physical injuries against an elderly man yesterday dawn, here in the City.

In the subject of respect, seniority is not the issue but the due honor which the elders deserve from the younger generation. We must learn to obey this law because all of us one day will also become the older folks, whether we like it or not. In this wise, God taught us to plant the good seeds of respect in our time, so that we can harvest the same fruits when our sunset years will also come.

Amongst the Ten Commandments, to honor the parents is the first amongst the laws in the Bible which was conveyed by God with a promise—a long life on earth. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother (this is the first commandment with a promise), that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” (Eph. 6:1-3, ESV)

Thus, it is not a wonder that the death rate amongst the youths of this generation has escalated! The respect of the children nowadays to their elders has obviously fallen short to the standard of our almighty. The law is the law, nobody is immune to it. It applies to all mankind. Billy Graham, last month, died at the age of 99.The 19th Century evangelist preached strongly about the honor which young people must give to their parents.

Graham himself was blessed by God with an exceptionallongevity, why maybe? Your answer is good as mine! The late preacher honored his parents. You and I may emulate it, too. If others trespass this eternal law, let us remain faithful to follow it. It grieves the heart of God when young people abuse their elders. This kind of abomination is rampant all over the world, and much because to the reasons of drug abuse and alcoholism.

Based onto the reports of the police, those young men—who mauled that old man yesterday,were drunk. They attacked the poor victim in his own house. Can you believe it two robust men in their early twenties had attacked, one after the other, a helpless old man inside his own home! If you are offended then by simply reading this article, you think as well to how the heart of God was also moved to pity the old man in those moments of attack.

It is now the Holy Week; let us use the holiday to remind us of our sacred obligation to our elders. If you have hurt your parents, repent before God and say sorry to the latter with all of your heart. Pray as well to change your attitude, so that beginning today you may have a reverential fear to honor your parents, and other elders, every day.

God blesses us if we give our elders the due respect. We can prosper and succeed in all of our endeavors. God is real and He watches our steps. He is our silent witness and observer every day. One must not think that nobody sees his foolishness. God is in heaven and we are on earth. All of our acts are open to His eyes; none of them is hidden.

I have a good suggestion for us this summer. How about we spend for our parents, say a vacation or buy something quite expensive for them which they do not expect? The sacrifices which they give from our childhood to our manhood are in-exchangeable. Our good acts are not the compensation of those good sacrifices but an honest gratitude.

My wife and I did them last weekend. My mother turned 73 last Saturday. We prepared a little dinner for her and invited few friends to greet her a happy birthday. Her smiles were priceless. I was touched to see her very happy. I must admit that my mom is now in her twilight years. I even have talked to myself that I should make the most of the time to show her my love, because when one day she will then go home to the Creator, and I cannot give anymorethose to her.

Why is that, there are children who can only tell their parents that they love them when such parents are already in their caskets! While our parents are still amongst us and can feel the love or affection we show to them, we are to do them. Do not waste the time, give them such love. Those are seeds which we necessarily plant, so that when we be old, too, our second generation may also treat us the same, as the way we do to our parents today. God bless you.