Acting

Ecclesiastes 8:3

 3Do not be in a hurry to leave the king’s presence. Do not stand up for a bad cause, for he will do whatever he pleases.

A young man watched a movie where the leading actor had conversation with his associate.  While his associate was talking, the leading actor stood, turned his back, and gazed outside the window while drinking his glass of wine. After the movie, the young man went home and had dinner with his family. While they were eating, his father rebuked him for unpleasant behavior. Instead of showing remorse, the young man left the table, turned his back while his father was talking, poured a glass of water and drank slowly while gazing outside the window just like what he saw in the movie, that’s all! His father sternly ordered him to sit down. The young person sensed his father got mad. He wondered if his father was furious that he left the table while his father was talking. “At least, I’m not drinking wine!” he thought.

Many years later, he had his own children who had their share of escapades. He rebuked them for undesirable attitudes, but his children left him while he was talking and locked themselves in their bedroom. “What’s wrong with young people?” he wondered.

The Lord said in Genesis 8:21,Every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood.” Most often, we hear adults refer to young children as innocent but the Lord says that the preference of human heart is evil from childhood.

Movies in this generation feature young people with entitlement behaviors. They demand of privacy, turn their back when their parents rebuke them, or argue with louder voice. The previous generation may consider such attitude as disrespectful. But, who define respect, parents or children?

Disrespect to parents is actually disrespect to the Lord who decreed in Leviticus 19:3, “Each of you must respect your mother and father.”

Lord Jesus, bless our children to obey Your decrees.

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