Consider the Lilies

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)

Christians love to use this verse as a promise that their wayward son or daughter, reared in church as a child, will one day return home to them and to God. Maybe they will, maybe not. King David trained his son Solomon, the writer of Proverbs, “in the way he should go.” Thanks to hundreds of heathen wives, King Solomon left the faith as an adult (1 Kings 11:1-10). “His wives turned his heart after other gods,” so Solomon was disloyal to the Lord (11:4). The Bible doesn’t record an old-age or deathbed repentance, although Solomon might have made one.

kids childrenThe problem is different today. Children are trained but rarely “in the way [they] should go.” Without divine intervention, they “will not depart from” that way either. Disciplined and…

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