Words from the Heart for Thursday July 28th, 2016
Anyone who steals from their parents and says, “It’s not wrong,” is just like someone who destroys.
Proverbs 28:24 (NKJV)
Do Not Rob Your Parents
Opportunities to get rich quick will often present themselves in the form of taking advantage of others – even those closest to us. But a greedy life will destroy many, including the greedy person. How are you seeking prosperity? Are you honouring the Lord in your financial dealings?
Jennifer Pan had been fooling her parents for years. While living in Ajax, Ontario with her boyfriend, she told her parents she had been a student at University of Toronto and even brought home a fake degree in pharmacy. When they discovered that nothing she had been telling them for the past few years was true, they forbid her from seeing her boyfriend, and kept the 22-year-old from venturing far from them. So Jennifer took action. Horrible action. She hired some men to kill her parents. She left the door unlocked one night, took some cash to make it look like a robbery gone bad, and killed her parents. Well, that was the plan. They did murder Jennifer’s mother, but her father somehow managed to survive. Jennifer was found guilty and will spend the rest of her life in prison.
It is always heartbreaking when children turn on their parents. It wasn’t bad enough that Jennifer Pan was angry with her parents, but when she reached the point of no return, she stole from them and had them killed. There is nothing new about this sad report. King Solomon speaks to this issue in Proverbs 28:24: “Anyone who steals from their parents and says, “It’s not wrong,” is just like someone who destroys.” Good parents, godly parents, care for their children, not only when they are young, but as they become adults. We want to help them get established in life and so we give of our experience, our finances, our time and our love. I wish I could say that every parent is perfect, but in reality, not one of us is. Some abuse their children and show no love. But notice Solomon doesn’t give an out here. Children, even of horrible parents, are commanded not to steal from their parents. No matter how you look at it, Solomon says, it is wrong. Elder abuse is a problem in our day. Those who are unable to care for themselves find that their life savings have been pilfered by those who should be caring for them. If you are a follower of Christ, you are called to treat your parents well, no matter how old you are or they are. To not do destroys relationships and lives.
These have been words from the heart.