I have intended to write about this sermon a bit since it was preached a few weeks ago but haven't gotten around to it. I still haven't gotten around to it but that doesn't mean I don't mean to get to it at some point. For now, simply posting the link may suffice. I will say that where I hope to camp is on the observation Haralson makes that the genius of this commandment is that the wording is "honor your father and mother" not "obey your father and mother". The latter would be comparatively easy to fulfill as a matter of course but it is the former that constitutes the core of the command, one of the few commandments in the Ten Commandments that is a positive command rather than a prohibition.
As Haralson notes in his sermon, the core of this command can be seen as relating to how we are disposed in our hearts not merely toward our parents but those who through God's providence are appointed as authorities over us.
If we note that God's command that we honor father and mother does not stipulate that the parents are worthy of honor via conduct this may shed some light on what Christians have at times found the confoundingly sympathetic light the apostles shed on the patently oppressive habits of the Roman empire. How could they take such a nonchalant view toward the abusive use of power by governments? Could there be some insight into that by way of a consideration of the family unit as a miniature government? Where Christian children admonished to foment revolutions against unjust parents any more than adult believers were advised to rebel against tyrants? It is fairly easy for Christians to say we should "salute the uniform" when the subject is a parent who feels he or she is not being adequately honored by his or her children. Do we extend the same eagerness to "salute the uniform" when the authority in question is a government or employer we consider corrupt or stupid? I could write more but at this point with Father's day having just passed by this last Sunday I figure it's better to write a little bit late than find myself never getting to any of the subjects this sermon on this commandment discusses.