Read Matthew 18:1-6
“Whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea” (v. 6).
Growing up in the sixties in a godly Christian home enabled me to come under the influence of godly parents, great Christian reading, life lessons in prayer and thanksgiving. Although there were no Christian schools and our public school teachers were not all Christians, they always honored Judeo-Christian values in the classroom. I’ll never forget the time when one of the students brought a tape to school with the recording of Bill Cosby’s “Noah and the Ark.” The teacher allowed him to begin playing it during our Christmas party, and almost immediately had him turn it off because she said it was distasteful and disrespectful of the Bible.
Today, many children grow up with no Christian training at home and no Christian teaching at school. God’s absence creates a vacuum in their hearts and minds. Truth loses its meaning; love loses its motivation, and learning loses its moorings. How can they learn wisdom and understanding, since “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding” (Prov. 9:10).
It remains our duty and delight as Christian parents and grandparents to train and teach our offspring through the third generation (Deut. 4:9). Beyond that, our influence will wane, and our memories will fade from their hearts and minds. (Stephen N. Hickman)
Where there is no Christian teaching, truth loses its meaning; love loses its motivation, and learning loses its moorings.