“For the upright shall dwell
in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off
from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it,”
Proverbs 2:21, 22.
Remember when you were growing up and you
misbehaved? One or both of your parents would tell you to behave yourself.As
you grew bodily and intellectually, your behavior actually took on
characteristics belonging to your parents. We learn from our parents and we pass
along our learning to our children. “Wisdom
is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get
understanding,” Proverbs 4:7.
If children grow up in a home that is full of
iniquity they will pick up such behavioral traits themselves. Parents have so
much influence on their children’s behavior that if the parents were to actually
live the Christian lifestyle, their children would most appropriately emulate
that lifestyle; the opposite is also true. If our lifestyle is focused on
debauchery, our children’s behavior will ultimately reflect the same.
A Christian child growing up in
today’s society needs to have continual correction in order for them to hold
fast to Christian values. Our minds, and our children’s minds are bombarded
daily by the words and actions of people who live contrary to God’s will, and
this can be overwhelming.Bringing
up a child in a morally upstanding home environment will always necessitate some
form of mind modifications because of outside evil and immoral influences. Mind
modification sounds awful, but it is practiced throughout our society. TV and
greatest of these manipulating practices,followed
closely by our government run public school system.
Everything goes back to a learned behavior.
Beginning with a young mind, for example, erroneous influences can create
barriers to truth. Children learn a form of truth from their parents,and
accuracy of truth hinges on those parents’ presuppositions. Children parrot
their parent’s views. For example, my daughter has a friend who hates
Chevrolets. Why? Because her dad hates Chevrolets! This young girl has never
owned a Chevrolet so has no experience with car ownership of any kind, but she
parrots her father’s views.
I can give many examples of leaned behavior such
as drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking cigarettes, immorality in the home
(such as adultery or watching TV shows which promote an immoral behavior), and of course physical andmental
child abuse. All this becomes embedded in a child’s mind to a point that they
see nothing wrong in such behavior and it becomes a part of their lifestyle when
they become adults. Of course then it becomes a domino effect passing this
behavior on to each generation.
If a child is brought up in the admonition of the
Lord through a regime of daily Bible reading,and
with a dad and mom who are devoted to the Lord Jesus as well as to each other,
in all likelihood that child will carry that pattern into their adult life, and
pass it on to their children. “Train up a
child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”
If on the other hand there are deviations from such a lifestyle,these
deviations will soon be picked up by our children. Consequently over generations
this systematic departure from the truth becomes expanded upon,finally
resulting in a learned behavior that is at odds with the truth of God’s word.
“The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall
be the promotion of fools,”
When a society deviates from God’s word, the
result is a people steeped in immorality.It’s
a learned behavior that spreads like a cancer, affecting everyone in its path.
Destructive lifestyles are caustic to a moral society, and when immorality is
not condemned the result will be the eventual demise of that once moral society.
If parents won’t stand for decency in a society, their children will not learn
to be morally decent and will pass their lack of morality on to the next
generation of children. Ultimately this will lead to the complete breakdown of
the moral structure of any civilization.
“The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble,”
The following poll was conducted by the Barna
Research Group and gleaned from a WorldNetDaily.com article that shows
definite signs of learned behavior.
“The pollsters asked adults
if, in the previous week, they had viewed pornography, used profanity in public,
gambled, gossiped, engaged in sexual intercourse with someone to whom they were
not married, retaliated against someone, got drunk or lied. A majority of the
respondents acknowledged engaging in at least one of those eight behaviors.
Here are the specific results:
28 percent admitted to using profanity in public;
20 percent admitted gambling, including the purchase of a lottery ticket;
19 percent admitted to intentional exposure to pornographic images;
12 percent admitted getting drunk;
11 percent admitted lying;
9 percent said they had sexual intercourse with someone other than their spouse;
8 percent said they had retaliated against someone.
While only 1 percent of
married adults acknowledged having sex with someone other than their spouse, 21
percent of single adults said they had sex with someone in the previous week. In
fact, reported the Barna Group, those under 25 were more than twice as likely to
engage in these activities.
"Their choices made even the
Baby Boomers – never regarded as a paragon of traditional morality – look like
moral pillars in comparison," the study concluded.
Among the under-25 group:
64 percent admitted using profanity in public;
38 percent engaged in sex outside marriage;
37 percent lied;
25 percent gossiped;
26 percent used pornography;
33 percent engaged in acts of retaliation.”
What can we expect from a society that continually
glorifies wicked and depraved people and shuns that which is righteous? Of
course the result will bea
complete collapse of the moral structure of a society. When evil prevails in a
nation it will always lead to even more depravity.
Every society that allows a cesspool of filth to permeate the minds
of the young peoplewill
undoubtedly reap what they’ve sown. “The
LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away
the substance of the wicked,”
Sitting in my doctors waiting room the other day,I
overheard a few of the ladies who werealso
waiting to see the doctor discussing with the receptionist all the daily soap
operas they miss because they work all day, and how they tape them so they can
view them at a later time slot. Interestingly, living in a small town as I do, I
know all these fine ladies are professing Christians. TV soap operas are pure
filth and yet these women have no problem watching such filth. Learned behavior
passed on from generation to generation. Harmless you say? Destructive I say.
Habitual bad behavior of children comes, in some
cases, from observing those people they most respect, such as parents, grandparents, school teachers, even U.S.
perpetrators of this morally wrong behavior are the hero’s of this current
actresses, singers, and professional ball players with minds so depraved, that
in any society that practices God’s precepts for moralitythey
would be locked away. These are the folks who encourage a destructive lifestyle, a behavior that promotes every vile and
gross iniquity known to man, and yet it seems the world can’t get enough. These
so called heroes are championed by the media who are used by Satan to feed this
trash to a hungry public who are looking everywhere for fulfillment, except to
Christ. “The way of the LORD is strength to
the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity,”
Have you ever stopped to realize that the easing
of societal taboos is something that happens quietly at first, under the radar
so to speak? As folks become numb to each new broken taboo,another
one is attacked and soon falls. Before anyone knows what’s happened, all of
society’s taboos are gone, leaving a complete and total breakdown of morals.
Each generation that follows becomes more immoral but unaware that they are in a
depraved state because this immorality has become commonplace. All of which can
be attributed to learned behavior.
The Bible is being shunned or mistranslated to
accommodate those with evil agendas. Yet in this
frequently mistranslated and disparaged book
all the immorality and evil vileness we see happening today was prophesied 2,000
years ago. “But know this, that in the last
days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of
money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of
good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of
God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn
away! ” 2 Timothy 3:2-5.
If you love Jesus and make manifest your love for
Him in your life, your children will learn from your behavior. Ultimately they
will become more knowledgeable of who Jesus is,what
He should mean to them,and
what He expects of them. Learned behavior can lead either to righteousness or
it depends on each of us as parents and how our lifestyles promote Jesus Christ.
“Trust in the LORD with all
thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways
acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths,”
Proverbs 3:5, 6. If we consistently
follow this advice, so might our children. If not, well.
God bless you all,