Honoring Non-Believing Parents

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September 19—Honoring Non-Believing Parents

Read Matthew 10: 35-39, Colossians 3:17

Matthew 10:35-39 makes it clear that not everyone in a household will always have the same beliefs. In some situations, a child may be a believer but the parent is not. For a child in this position, he still has the responsibility to submit to the authority of his parents and honor them. The only time a child in this situation would be allowed to disobey his parents is if his parent told him to do something that directly went against Scripture. In that case, the child must yield to the higher authority of his Heavenly Father. However, even in such a situation, the child can still conduct himself in an honorable way. Rather than passing harsh judgment or ridicule toward his parents for their beliefs, he can lovingly and respectfully explain his position. The child cannot control how the parent may respond to his beliefs, but he can control how he presents his beliefs to his parents.

Setting an Example for Parents

God can use a child that is a believer to witness to his non-believing parents. One of the best ways a child can set a Godly example for his parents is by the way he chooses to conduct himself at home.  As the child begins to die to the flesh more and more and live by the Spirit, the parents are going to begin to notice the change in their child. I heard a pastor share one time about a mother who came to him weeping saying she wanted to receive Christ as her Lord and Savior. Upon talking to her more, he said she shared with him that she had never really believed what the Bible said until she began to see it lived out in her daughter’s life after she was saved.

Therefore, if you have a parent that is not a believer, remember that your life and the example you set may be used by God to bring them into a relationship with Him. This is why every believer should do as Matthew 5:16 says, “…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

How can a Christian child be an example to his non-believing parents?

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