“When the days of feasting had completed their cycle, Job would send and consecrate them, rising up early in the morning and offering burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, ‘Perhaps my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.’” (Job 1:5).

As a parent, Job took the initiative for the spiritual well-being of his children. He created within the home a culture for the nurturing of faith. He didn’t, first, solicit their opinions about God or how they felt about going to church on any given Sunday. Job took a proactive role in doing for his children what none of us are wired to do by nature. We do not naturally drift toward the things of God and, in fact, our sinful nature is predisposed to drifting away. To leave matters of eternal weight to the shortsighted whims of children is both mindless and irresponsible. Of course, children will eventually grow up and be forced to make their own decisions regarding matters of faith, but until then parents are responsible for the environment created. The home is either an incubator of faith or an instigator of spiritual confusion and rebellion.

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