Are there any Pastors who won’t celebrate Mothers’ Day? Most go out of the way to associate with the cultural dogma: flowers, brunch, and other “Traditions of men.” Some even go to lengths to develop messages and preach them.
Okay, all well and good. No harm done, right? Sure! We appreciate our Mums. How could we not?!
“Honor your father and mother”–which is the first commandment with a promise–” Eph. 6:2
This kind of “honor” is every day. The honor of involvement, protection and care-giving. Instead, our culture appoints one day each year for selfish, distant and unsupportive children (and Husbands!) to assuage their guilt by sending a Hallmark card.
And what about Parents without children? Children without parents?
Jesus was never married. He had no children. There are many women (and men) who have no children. What does scripture say for these?
“Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the LORD. Is. 54:1
Here it is: the first commandment that comes with a promise from the LORD.
“You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry, and my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless.Ex. 22:21-24
At our peril, we insulate ourselves, protect what we have in the false assumption that our wealth secures our future. Jesus said:
“…the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it.” Mt 11:12
The inference is that there is hard work involved. We’re at war. We are our brother’s keeper. And when we truly seek Jesus, we let nothing impede our view. The kinds of self-serving sacrifices we tend to make for the Kingdom are not accepted by the Lord. Is tithing enough? Just church on Sunday?
“Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.” Lu 11:42
The advice we’re given:
Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. Is. 1:17
If we have a tendency to ignore our Mothers all year, what’s our attitude toward the Motherless? Or even: The widow, orphan and the prisoner?