2 Chronicles 27:2
“And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Uzziah did: howbeit he entered not into the temple of the LORD. And the people did yet corruptly.”
Uzziah made a big mistake in rearing his children that many parents make today, and that is that he did right personally, but he didn’t go to church himself. The Scriptures don’t make it clear as to why he didn’t go to church, but I suspect he stopped going to the temple of the LORD because he was upset with the priest who pointed out his father’s sin. Instead of accepting that the priests was right with what they said to his father, he got upset and wouldn’t go to the temple. Yes, he still did right, but he was not going to go to the temple where his father’s sin was revealed.
The result of Uzziah not going to church is found in 2 Chronicles 28:1-2, “Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his father: For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten images for Baalim.” It is sad that he did right, but because he didn’t go to the temple his children never learned the principles of living right, which resulted in them learning the ways of Baalim to their detriment. Every parent can learn several lessons from this sad story from the life of Uzziah.
First, you can’t expect your children to do right when they get older if you are not faithful to church. When you are not faithful to church, you are teaching your children that other things are more important than God. It doesn’t matter how much you do right; your children will never learn the principles of doing right when you are hit-and-miss with your church attendance. You can use the excuse that your children are young and don’t understand, but you are teaching them habits that they will continue when they become teenagers.
Second, “punishing” God by not going to church is not going to teach your children how to respond to God’s admonition. Getting mad at the preacher and choosing not to go to church to show him your disagreement is not going to help your children to do right when God speaks to their heart through the preaching. Many parents have lost their children by quitting church because they didn’t like that the preacher was “preaching at them.” Instead of getting upset at the preacher for preaching against your sin, the right action is to get right with the LORD. Getting right with the LORD after He convicts you of your sin is what shows your children how to respond to God’s correction from the man of God.
Third, you will lose your grandchildren if you choose not to be faithful to church. Your unfaithfulness to church will result in your children not going to church and learning the ways of the world. Heartache is in your future if you choose not to be faithful to church. Your grandchildren are going to break your heart when you see them doing things that you know will cause much heartache and sorrow in their lives.
My friend, being faithful to church is important if you don’t want to lose your children. It doesn’t matter what your reason is for not being faithful to church; your children are learning how important church is by your attendance to church. Let me encourage you to be faithful in your church attendance so that your children and grandchildren have the best chance of turning out right for the LORD.