No more of parental rules,” declares Calvin (from the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes) as he and Hobbes strut north to be masters of their fate in the frozen Yukon. “Good riddance to those grown-up ghouls!” Life will be grand, so Calvin thinks, because there he won’t need to put up with—much less honor—his parents. In a culture that honors youth, “Honor your father and your mother” (Ex. 20:12a) makes no sense. Isn’t honor something we seek for ourselves? So what’s all this about giving it to others? The Cult of Youth Our tolerant culture has zero tolerance for …
Douglas Bond is tutor for the Oxford Creative Writing Master Class and adjunct instructor in church history at Western Reformed Seminary in Tacoma, Wash. He is also a conference speaker and author of numerous books, including The Mighty Weakness of John Knox.