We all know families where the children and parents don’t get along. For some it is a part of a cycle of short term disagreements that seems to be a pattern for their life. You could say they kiss and make up. For others it becomes a life long estrangement. When I was younger I could not understand how this could happen. How could you not get along with your parents? None of my brothers went through any big rebellion period. I don’t know of any in my circle of friends that did so, yet it was considered the “norm” for our culture.
Keep in mind that the norm for our culture is based on a rejection of the standards of God. Children are to obey their parents, yes, but we often overlook the verse that says,
(Col 3:21 KJV) Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.As in so many areas of life the Biblical life is balanced. As I get older and see beyond the masks and smokescreens of life I can see why children turn away from their parents and the faith.
So? We often laugh about being nice to our grandchildren because they are the ones who will pick our nursing home. I am not worried. To be honest, I think the first choice will be a room off the back of their house.