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GENERAL

DARE TO CARE

 

Dr. KOSHY MATHEW, Mumbai

 

Caring the senior citizens is one of the major social issues of the modern society. Many countries enacted legislations to safeguard their rights. Social scientists formulate many models for the welfare of the senior citizens. Old age homes are increasing day by day. In one of the southern states in India, a new innovative idea as been developed to care for the elderly ones: ‘day care centre for the senior citizens’. It was received with great enthusiasm and gave a lease of life to the elderly ones. Even though the market forces and globalization have been involved, the recent trend of celebrating ‘Father’s Day’ and ‘Mothers Day’ are encouraging positive steps to this end.

 

            Old age is scare; health slowly slides, mind frequently fails. In the book of Ecclesiasts, Solomon portrays the process of growing old, in a poetic style of supreme beauty and universal appeal. Hands shiver, legs lose the strength, eyes fade, ears fail, senses ceases, sleep slips, fear grips; finally “ The dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall return unto God, who gave it”. Hence, Solomon advices the youth, to use profitably the most productive years for the service of our Creator God (Eccl.12: 1).

 

Psalms 71 is the prayer of an old man. “Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth ……………Let me never be put to confusion” (Ps. 71:1, 9). He has full confidence, he found God as his ‘resort’, ‘rock’ and ‘fortress’. He understands the purpose of his long life. This is what he says, “O God forsake me not until I have shown thy strength unto this generation and thy power to everyone that is to come”. (Ps. 71:18). Old age should not scare the saints because of our saviour’s promise; “even to your old age, I am he; and even to gray hairs will I carry you. I have made and I will bear” (Isa. 46:4).

 

As Christians we ought to know what the scripture teaches on this major social issue.

 

Early Church

 

            Even from the time of institution; Church of Christ was very sensitive to this social issue. Early Church initiated “Widow’s welfare scheme” and appointed seven Spirit filled men to care them. (Acts. 6:1-6). Paul gave guidelines to Timothy for a similar project. “Honour widows that are widows indeed” (1 Tim. 5:3). Those who have children and nephews should not cause a burden to the local church. None should misuse such generosity of the Church. It is the children’s responsibility to take care of their elderly parents (1 Tim. 5:4). Churches of India should initiate similar welfare projects to meet the mental, physical and spiritual need of elderly saints. 

 

Commandment of God

 

God made a provision of this need in the Ten Commandments. Paul exhorts and reminds the blessings of keeping this commandment. “Children obey your parents in the Lord; for this is right” (Eph.6:1). Here Paul suggests four reasons to obey the parents. 1. We are “in the Lord”, so, it is obligatory for believers to obey the parents.  2. Obeying our parents is a right thing; none can accuse us doing wrong.  3. Moreover, it is the Lord’s commandment. 4. Finally, this act of obedience will bring blessings in our life. “That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth” (Eph. 6:3). Here both “quantity and “quality” life is promised.

This commandment should not be limited in a narrow sense, by applying only to small children. It should be taken in a broader sense of honouring any elderly ones including our parents. We should honour our parents as long as they are alive. 

 

Honour them by standing up 

 

There are many ways of honouring the older ones. “Thou shall rise up before the hoary head and honour the face of the old man and fear they God; I am the Lord” (Lev. 19:33). We ought to teach our children these things. Solomon has this training as a child. His mother came to meet him after the coronation, with a request. “Bathsheba…… went unto King Solomon and the King rose up to meet her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set on his right hand” (1 King 2:19). He set a beautiful example. Many a times youngsters fail to offer seat to elderly ones. We should teach them.

 

Curse not

 

 “Whoso curseth his father or his mother his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness” (Prov. 20:20). According to the Mosaic law one who curses his parents are meted with Capital punishment. “And he that curseth his father, or his mother shall surely be put to death” (Ex. 21:17; Lev. 20:9). One who does that will be deprived of divine blessings and even an honourable burial. “The eye that mocketh at his father and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out and the young eagles shall eat it,” that means no proper burial (Prov. 30:17). 

 

Despise not

 

Children are more prone to despise and curse their parents at the old age. “Hearken unto thy father that begot thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old” (Prov. 23:22). It is a heart breaking experience for the parents if their children fail to guide them and help them at their old age. “There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that she hath brought up” (Isa. 51:18). A mother needs some one to guide her and hold her hands at the old age; children who fail to do, despise her. 

 

                                                         To be continued......

                                                                                                    

 

                                                                     

 
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