There is an opinion that a new generation always rebels against all kinds of power. Is the distrust of the authorities applies only to young people?
Distrust of the government is manifested by people of different ages if there is dissatisfaction with the authorities. In this case, the word is mostly about political power. So, the distrust of the authorities or dissatisfaction with the authorities does not just refer to young people. A similar phenomenon, that is specific only to young people, is the controversy or dissatisfaction between different generations.
Consequently, the feeling of dissatisfaction that refers only to the new generation must be seen in the contrast between fathers and sons, and not in the contrast between citizens and officials. Young people are more specific to the characteristics of misunderstanding the previous generations or fathers, or rather of the lack of satisfaction with the acquisition of their predecessors and the desire to seek more.
The contradiction between fathers and sons has always been a problem at all times. We can recall the examples from our lives that we often did not understand this or that point of view of parents, considering them outdated, trying to be guided not by the thinking of our parents, but by our own mentality, considering ours more correct and logical. Although such reality has negative elements in itself, it often becomes a stimulus for new development and progress.
Thus, with dissatisfaction or disagreement with the achievements of the predecessors, there have been new achievements, such as in the field of thought, from the perspective of science, philosophy and technical inventions. And since fathers and sons problem is always present, the Bible gives mutual commandments directed to both parents and children.
One of the Ten Commandments says: “Honour your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12), but also it is commanded to parents: “Fathers, provoke not your children [to anger,] lest they be discouraged” (Colossians 3.21). Consequently, the children should honor their parents and parents should not dishearten their children, that is, there must be mutual respect, love, and confidence.
Christ reproves the Pharisees and the scribes who urged the people not to help parents because of the intended donation to the temple but to carry out the predetermined plans for the benefit of the temple. Christ highlights that the love of children for parents and the fulfillment of the divine commandment to honor the parents are above the performing various virtuous programs (Matthew 15:11, Mark 7:11).
The contradiction between fathers and sons is also exacerbated when parents stop being ideals for their children. Parents have the greatest authority and they are the ideals for their children at a very young age. Until the school age, the child can not psychologically even consider himself/herself as separated from parents. We can say that the parents also have such a feeling. Those who have little children feel that they seem to be an integral part of them.
But, growing over the years, children see that their parents are ordinary people like others, they have even flaws that are often unpleasant for their children. But this should never be a reason for reducing respect and love for parents. This is what the Bible teaches us in the example of Noah.
The patriarch Noah was a great authority for his children also because God was speaking to him. And it was in accordance with the divine commandment that Noah built the ark and rescued his family from the flood. But one day his younger son, Ham, sees his father drunken and naked and told about this to his brothers (Genesis 9:22). Ham despised his father, thinking that this man was allegedly a prophet, talking to God, but now he’s drunk to the point that he even is naked and fallen to the ground. But the elder brothers, walking backward, for not to see their father’s nakedness, came closer and covered him. Noah woke up and cursed Ham for his attitude (Gen. 9:23-25).
This instructive episode shows that children should respect, love, and honor parents, even if they have shortcomings because God tells us that honoring parents is pleasing to Him. In the book of Proverbs, there are many exhortations to respect and honor parents, as well as to take care of children.