What are we teaching our children?

Zacharias and Elizabeth may have been old but that did not keep them from having a child.
Here is what the angel, Gabriel, had to say about this child; for he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. Luke 1:15-16
This child would be reared knowing the love of God.
This child would share that message of Love with many others.
This child would tell many that Messiah is coming and prepare their hearts for His arrival.
All of us want the best for our children but many children are in dire need these days.
Many parents are in dire need also!
For adults and children to prosper there must be an end to generational curses.
One great curse that is a plague today is substance abuse in the form of alcohol and drugs.
I know many families that have faced the devastation of drinking from grandparents to parents to children to grandchildren.
It has to stop somewhere; someone has to say “ENOUGH!”
I said “enough”.
My family is riddled with alcoholics; aunts, uncles, and a great-grandpa that made his own.
I have seen firsthand the toll alcohol can have on a family.
Now Zacharias is instructed that his son should not drink.
Paul told the Ephesians, “Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the Holy Spirit fill and control you.” Eph 5:18 NLT
It is also written wine produces mockers; liquor leads to brawls. Whoever is led astray by drink cannot be wise. Prov 20:1 NLT
I know many will say, “Jesus drank wine!”
Jesus also healed the sick, raised the dead, taught God’s love, and walked on water; don’t use Him as an excuse to drink, use Him as a reason to do good, to live morally, ethically, and virtuous.
I heard the other day that Thanksgiving is the biggest drinking holiday of the year; beating New Years and Christmas.
You may believe that it’s okay to have a little drink with your dinner, while relaxing at home, or barbecuing on the back porch, and that’s your business; but you’re teaching your children the same thing. It will pass from generation to generation; when will it stop.
There are many more important things to teach our children.

3 thoughts on “What are we teaching our children?

  1. I too, grew up around an alcoholic or two. I believe that having a glass of wine or drinking a beer in the PRIVACY of your home is ok. But, that is just me. Before I was born again I spent nearly every evening in a local bar, after I became born of the blood of the Lamb, I stopped drinking entirely for 10 years.
    Since moving to Texas in 1977, I can count, one one finger, the number of bars I have been in and that was during a period of time that I would just as soon forget. Backslid and out of God’s will seems to describe it pretty well.
    Love you Brother/Pastor/Friend

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