by Stan Coffey

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Teaching Children Respect for Authority (3 of 10)
Series: Timeless Values for Today's Family
Stan Coffey
Exodus 20:7

This morning if you have your Bible I want to invite your attention to Exodus 20:7. We are in a series of messages on the Ten Commandments and we are calling it ''Timeless Values For Today's Family.'' We believe that if we build our families on the values that not only go back to when we were children but much further back, all the way back to God's Word, that we will build a strong family. We will build a family and a home that can stand the test of life. And of values that are timeless, methods may change, man may discover many scientific technologies, but God's Word never changes. It is always relevant; it is always fresh for the day and the hour. We find the Ten Commandments in Exodus chapter 20. And in verse 7, you find the third commandment.

Now today, we are going to think about ''Teaching Our Children Respect For Authority.'' Wouldn't you agree with me that is one of the great crises of our day? A crisis of respect seems that teachers feel that they are not respected in our schools, government officials feel that they are not respected as leaders of our government. I know many pastor friends who feel that they are not respected as pastors. And we just seem to have a lack of respect for our law officers, those who protect us and serve us, our policemen, and our military men. It just seems in our society there is a genuine lack of respect for authority. And we have been a nation in rebellion now for many years. I would say from the '60's onward, we have been a nation in rebellion against anyone in authority. And there is something about it that makes us suspect anybody who is in authority. We are cynical about anybody who is in authority because there are those in authority who have let us down; there are those in authority who have not lived up to our expectations.

But you know, the very root of teaching children to respect mom ...

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