Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
I think you are right, Jack -
Fathers do influence their children. Abbie Hoffman was arrested 53 times, lived underground for six years and never ran out of causes. When he died some years ago, at 52, he was remembered by many as the last yippie of a generation that has spawned its share of people in this vein.
In an unpublished interview with freelance writer Craig Unger, Hoffman said, speaking of the Boston Tea Party, that "the great changes in American society are initiated in the streets and then are institutionalized." Still, he confessed that "after you've gone to your 10,000th movement meeting, you get a little jealous of people like Tom Hayden. I wouldn't mind having some money. I'm broke." But the Hoffman spirit lives on. Of his youngest son, America, then only 18, he said, "He's been kicked out of class seven times already. I'm very proud of him."
Whether you liked Abbie Hoffman or not, whether you are a natural revolutionary or someone who wants things to remain as they are, we all agree that children learn far more from their parents than just what their parents intentionally teach them. Our attitudes can become fixed, for good or ill, by what we witness our parents’ attitudes to be. We can work this to the good of our children, and to the glory of god, by working hard to show our children the proper attitude toward things in life, and not just telling them what they need to do.
As I grow older, I am always amazed at how many of my friends, who disagreed with the way their parents lived, or couldn’t stand their politics as they grew up, have now come to the point where they live the same way, and hold the same political views that their parents did. Not me, of course, but a lot of folks do!
2 Kings 17:41 (KJV);
“So these nations feared the LORD, and served their graven images, both their children, and their children’s children: as did their fathers, so do they unto this day.”
May God richly bless each one of you -
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.