“You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’”

Mark 7:9-10 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart

Honour

Well known for their efforts to promote Black Canadian history, and with many accolades already to their name, Shannon and Bryan Prince, of North Buxton Ontario, admit they are humbled by the latest recognition. The Prince’s, were included among the esteemed individuals named to the Order of Canada in 2023. The order is one of Canada’s top honours, recognizing people across all sectors for their “extraordinary and sustained contributions” to the nation.

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The commands of God are very clear. What the Bible teaches is very clear. And God expects His people to live by those standards in order to represent His holy nature. One of the foundational principles of the Bible is that God is building a people who represent His nature in a world that is far from Him. The challenge is that we are prone to look for wiggle room. We do theological handstands to try to convince ourselves that what the Bible says isn’t really what the Bible says, because God’s standards are very high, and many don’t care for that. The religious leaders in Jesus’ day were doing the same thing. Jesus speaks to this by using the illustration of honouring mothers and fathers – a very clear call in Scripture. He says to them in Mark 7:9-10: “‘You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! For Moses said, ‘Honour your father and mother,’ and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’” They would get around this by saying they were committed to God. There is no getting around God’s standards. We are called to live by them.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley