Question:

Is disobeying my parents a sin? What if I did something that's not sinful (like daydreaming or not concentrating on school), but they told me not to do it. If I disobeyed them, did I sin?


Answer:

The commands are:

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with promise: "that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth"" (Ephesians 6:1-3).

"Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord" (Colossians 3:20).

God is saying that as long as your parents are not asking you to do something against God's teachings, then you should obey them. Notice especially the quote from Colossians that says "in all things." Not eating your peas is not a sin, nor is not taking a shower, but your parents tell you to do things things because they are good for you. In the same way, focusing on your work at school is also good for you. To intentionally not do what you are asked to do would be rebellion. Twice in lists of moral decay Paul mentions that people are disobedient to parents (Romans 1:30; II Timothy 3:2).

Thanks for your reply.