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Mothers Day

by Rev Donald Geddes — last modified May 08, 2015 05:10 PM
“My Mum couldn’t cope with domestic violence. She killed herself four weeks ago. She was the only person I ever needed in my life and I miss her so much.”


Mothers dayThese are the words of a 14 year-old girl in a heartfelt plea asking the N.S.W. Premier to introduce a course into schools to combat domestic violence (Herald Sun 19th April).

It is a reminder of the importance of mothers. Even, as in this case, a mother almost immobilised by severe depression.

Mothers Day is a reminder of how important mothers are to the very fabric of society. To think a child will not suffer from being brought up by two gay men is the height of folly. To such a child Mothers Day is meaningless.

The Bible stresses the importance of mothers (and fathers) in the Fifth Commandment: Honour your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you (Exodus 20:12). This is underscored by Deuteronomy 27:16: Cursed is anyone who dishonours their father or mother.

This command is tied to the continuing possession of the Promised Land by the Children of Israel. The breakdown of the family undermines the cohesion of society leaving it weakened and open to attack from hostile powers.

In Ephesians 6:2-3 Paul writes, Honour your father and mother — which is the first commandment with a promise — so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. Not only is this the only command with a promise attached, but this promise is for everyone, not just the Children of Israel in the Promised Land.

Honouring our parents is the key to prosperity and social cohesion because it is God’s will and the basis for His Providence.

Our Western Society is crumbling as motherhood is undermined by radical feminism, Gay liberation, moral degeneracy, marriage decline and divorce.

Strong and godly mothers are a bulwark against such decline. Motherless children are adrift in a sea of moral relativism hardly knowing right from wrong.

When God commands us to honour our parents it means to prize them highly, care for them, love them and show them respect. We see this in action at Calvary as Jesus, wracked in agony, commits his mother to the care of His disciple John (John 19:26-27).

Jesus strongly criticised the Jewish religious leaders for not keeping this command, reminding them: For Moses said, ‘Honour your father and mother,’ and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ (Mark 7:10).

Mothers Day is a good opportunity to honour our mothers, but they are due such honour every day of the year! This is what pleases God and brings His blessing. Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right (Ephesians 6:1).