Nurture or nature? Some claim that a children’s path is set by their genetics or some other predetermined factor. What does that Bible say? There certainly are some health conditions which are genetic or mediated by outside influences such as parental substance abuse or vaccines. However, the child who is otherwise healthy has an equal opportunity to become great and, more importantly, to become Godly. God gives us that promise:
Proverbs 22:6 (KJV) Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
God’s promise to us, as parents, is that if we train a child according His Word, the child will not depart from that path. Like everything in life, we cannot take this one verse in a vacuum. Training a child involves more than going to church more than spanking, more than memorizing Bible verses. Each of this individual things are important, but they are part of a much, much bigger picture.
imagine looking at a beautiful sunset, but only seeing one dot. There is much more majesty than just the one dot, but all you can see is the one dot. What picture would you see? Likewise, training a child is more than any one aspect of being a good Christian. Children are the sum of all their experiences. Television, movies, social media,, music. friends, church, school, teachers, inconsistencies at home – all of these individual things, if taken in a vacuum, may seem insignificant. But the child is the sum of all of these experiences.
Seeing that children are the sum of their experiences, what is your child adding up to?