A Generation Who Forgot
We take for granted what we have always known. My Grandma Besse was a woman of deep faith. I never knew that until the last days of her life. I remember glimpses of the past. Pictures of us as children in the small Methidist Church, back when Methodists' knew the grace of God. I am sure the things of the Lord were taught to her children. I saw that in my uncles who attended church regularly. Even in our family growing up there were times we went to church, but it was infrequent, until going was a chore and more a demand than a joy. My brothers saw church attendance as forced.
"And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great work that the Lord had done for Israel...And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel." Joshua 2
The glory of Christ faded as an inheritance in our home. I think that is the problem in the Church. Salvation is not a family inheritance. It can't be passed down from father to son, or mother to daughter. Though parents are to teach the tenants of Christian theology, salvation must be experienced individually, faith must be realized in each successive generation.
lt is a grave error for parents to conclude that mere exposure to a religious environment will translate into a child's faith. "Faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the word of God," but "unless you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead," there is no salvation.
It was the contrast between light and dark that woke me from my spiritual slumber, the difference between my family and the family of God. I came to understand that the sin permeating my home was not normal, and that God's grace was sufficient to make it new. God broke the cycle of sin by showing me the glory of the Lord and all that he had done.
My children have grown up knowing the goodness of God. They have married women who have experienced the same. The danger for them is to believe that it is a generational right, that their children "belong" to the Lord by inheritance. It is true that there is a spiritual protection over children of the faithful, but only if parents are faithful to the Lord.
Be diligent, therefore, Satan is a prowling lion seeking who he can devour. The young are often the first to fall prey. My children know and have witnessed the devastation of a godless family. But my grandchildren will not. It is a blessing that they will not know that kind of darkness. At the same time it is the darkness that makes the light so wonderful.
It would break my heart to see my children take for granted the grace that has been lavished on them and forget to instill in my grandchildren the glory of Christ's work on the cross and God's love for them. I am blessed to have wonderful godly sons and daughter-in-laws who are committed to Christ because they have experienced his goodness personally. Together we will teach our children, my grandchildren, when we rise and as we walk along the way, about God's love for them and The sacrifice of his Son. The Israelites serve as a grave warning.
"And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel." I'm just saying.