Have you seen the television commercial for Volkswagen that shows a father teaching his son how to throw? The young fellow is simply terrible at throwing a baseball! His form is awful, and each toss is uncatchable.
Then you see that the father’s technique is every bit as bad as his son’s! The boy was simply throwing the ball exactly the way his father had taught him.
The next generation sometimes pretends that they want to do things completely differently from those who came before them. However, our sons and daughters quite often follow the example set by their parents. Their view of the world and their ideas about morality are deeply affected by what they learn from us.
Therefore, whether it concerns culture-shaping issues like abortion and homosexuality, or if it’s as simple as teaching them to tip a waitress generously and be kind to the checkout clerk at the grocery store, we have to be careful to set a good example for the next generation.
Otherwise, we are going to be witnessing some pretty pathetic throws!
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”—1 Corinthians 11:1.