Today, I would like to encourage you to access our website www.pacifichillslutheran.org for a message on the Fourth Commandment. It will be posted by 10:00 p.m., our “normal” worship time this evening. Did I get cha? April fools! The sermon will not be posted by 10:00 p.m. but by 7:00 p.m. J
As we have been reiterating during this series, one of the historic practices of the church is to focus on catechesis during Lent. So, during this season of reflection and repentance, we are taking a close look at the Ten Commandments our Lord has given to us.
So, a little bit about the Fourth Commandment…both in terms of God’s will, and our sin and our need for God’s grace. God gives the commandment: “Honor your father and your mother.” In his explanation, Luther says this means that we are to fear and love God so that we do not anger or despise our parents or other authorities -- like teachers -- but honor them, serve and obey them, love and cherish them.
This commandment pertains to more than kids, however. It applies to all of us as we all show honor and respect to those in authority over us. This includes showing respect to our boss. It even includes the government and law enforcement. Did you know that us agreeing to not have worship services, at this time, is out of obedience to the 4th commandment. It is. Now if the government were somehow tyrannical and commanded us to march with Planned Parenthood in support of abortion, or if they said we much worship the President, then we would have to be like Peter in Acts 5:29 where he declared, “We must obey God rather than men.” Whether you like it or not, God gives authority figures in your life for your enormous good.
But we are guilty of breaking this commandment too, aren’t we? When we defy our parents or others in authority over us we are setting aside God’s will for our own. The good news is that for this too Christ died and rose again. When we confess our failures to obey the authorities he has placed over us, he promises to forgive us and transform us by His Spirit to live obedient lives. Lives that serve and obey and love and cherish all in positions of power and authority. Amen.
Pastor Bryan E. Drebes
Pastor Drebes attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, beginning in 1997. He spent the summer of 1999 teaching English to Chinese middle school teachers in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. He served a four-month vicarage at St. John Lutheran Church, Plymouth, Wisconsin, followed by eight months at Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas. Pastor Drebes was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry at Zion Lutheran Church, Palmyra, Missouri on August 19, 2001, and installed as Associate Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas on September 9, 2001. He served Bethany for 14 years. Pastor Drebes accepted a Divine