“Now Eli was very old; and he heard all that his sons were doing to all Israel, and how they lay with women who served at the doorway of the tent of meeting. He said to them, ‘Why do you do such things, the evil things that I hear from the people” (1 Samuel 2:22-23).
As free-will moral beings, our children will, ultimately, decide for themselves whether or not they will obediently live the life of faith. Even so the responsibility of a parent is to provide an atmosphere conducive to the nurturing of faith in the formative years of a child’s life. While Eli was a personal success, and professionally accomplished, he was a domestic failure. The inconsistency of his discipline, while indulging the bad behavior of his sons, and his refusal to listen to what others were saying resulted in grown sons that scripture refers to as “worthless men” (v.12). To give any child a fighting chance requires parenting with purpose.