2 Chronicles 33:22
“But he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as did Manasseh his father: for Amon sacrificed unto all the carved images which Manasseh his father had made, and served them;”
There is a mindset that people inherit their parent’s sins and that you must get that spirit out of your family. Sins and habits are not inherited; sins and habits are learned. Just because your parents were alcoholics doesn’t mean you are going to be an alcoholic. Just because your parents were liars doesn’t mean that you are going to be a liar. Romans 14:12 says, ”So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” My friend, you do what you do because you choose to do it.
The verse above is a great illustration of the truth above. Amon learned how to do wrong from his father, Manasseh. Amon learned how to sacrifice to the carved images that his father made because he watched his father worship those images. Amon learned these sinful and bad habits while he was living with his father. The sad part about the verse above is that Manasseh got right with the LORD when Amon was out of the house; therefore, Amon never learned the importance of getting right. Several important lessons can be learned about teaching your children the proper habits.
First, your children are watching everything that you do. You may think that they don’t understand what you are doing, but they do understand what you are doing. Your sinful habits today will become the lifestyle of your children tomorrow to their detriment. If you don’t want your children or grandchildren to experience the heartache that your sin brings, you would be wise to stop teaching them these sinful and bad habits.
Second, people don’t inherit sin; people learn sin. Just because your parents have done wrong doesn’t mean that you have to do the same thing. Too many believers use their parents sinful and bad habits as a crutch to do wrong, which only hurts your ability to getting God’s blessings on your life. At some point, you have to stop blaming your parents for your sinful and bad habits, and take personal responsibility for your own actions.
Third, you may get right, but those you taught to do wrong will often continue to do wrong until they reap the harvest of sin. It is sad that many parents get right with God at some point, but their children never follow that example because they are too steeped in their sin to see their parents get right. If the only reason you get right is to keep your children from learning your bad and sinful habits, that in itself is a good reason to stop your sin. The next generation often takes the sinful and bad habits of their parents to another level, which at some point causes God to send judgment their way.
Fourth, someone needs to break the chain of teaching sinful and bad habits; why can’t it be you? Yes, many families have been known for a certain sin, but they have been known for it because their children continue to learn these sinful and bad habits from their parents. You must break the chain of doing wrong if you don’t want your family to be known as the family with the sinful and bad habits that you learned. Instead of continuing the chain of teaching your children sinful and bad habits, start a new chain of teaching them good and right habits; you will never regret teaching them good and righteous habits.