Christian Behaviour
The Way of Life

respect the teaching you have had
honour your teacher dis-honour your teacher
keep in mind your teacher forget your teacher

The first teacher is a parent, or someone who takes that role. Parenting combines the role of teacher with those of carer and sustainer, all God-like activities. The fifth commandment confirms that parents should be honoured in their role as God's agents. Observing the commandments against idolatry, parents may rightly receive some of the honour due to God alone, without incurring the error of idolatry.

Should this honour be given to parents who do not act in the right way?

Yes. The example of David and Saul indicates that honour should be given to unrighteous parents.
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