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Son of a saint: good parents, bad children
Then Manoah prayed to the Lord: "O Lord, I beg you . . . teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born (Judges 13:8 NIV).
Mr. and Mrs. Manoah were model parents. Living in a land that "did evil in the eyes of the Lord," they ate a kosher diet,
prayed to the one true God, offered sacrifices, and didn't even drink. A Jewish mother would be proud to have them for a son and daughter-in-law! And after being child-less for a number of years, an angel of the Lord announced they would have a son. What joy as he "grew and the Lord blessed him, and the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him." The son of these Godly parents was
none other thanSamson!
Now wait a minute. What about the promises of "training up a child in the way he shall go and when he is old he will not
depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6)? Aren't Godly parents guaranteed Godly kids?
Two friends of mine raised their children in a teetotaling "Christian home" complete with "family altar" and regular church attendance and leadership. Janet became involved in drinking and drugs while living in a homosexual relationship. Marie also used alcohol and drugs while living with her boyfriend. Ross also abused alcohol and drugs.
While parents can model their faith and fervently pray for their children, their offspring still have a free-will. Even God, who obviously is a godly parent, doesn't have a perfect record as far as children go. God's first twoAdam and Everebelled even though He gave them His undivided attention!
Israel's playboy superhero did return to the Lord before his death. Marie is now married to her boyfriend and both are missionaries to Russia. Ross is now a pastor of a thriving church. Janet has yet to turn back to the God of her youth.
But my friends still have hope for Janet. And there's hope, not guilt or remorse, for all the other godly parents of an ungodly child"when he is old."
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