Breaking the Generational Slide

Mitch Cariaga

"For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,  but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments."  Exodus 20:5-6

It’s obvious that the modern family is on a generational slide.  What was once considered culturally-moral is now considered old-fashioned. 

When my grandmother went to the beach, she wore a dress in the water.  My mother’s generation came along and wore a modest one piece.  My sister wore a two piece.  Soon, the next generation will go back to wearing a one piece bathing suit, it’s just that I’m not sure which piece the next generation will choose to wear… the top or the bottom!

Scriptures warn us that sins of the previous generation will pass down all the way to the fourth generation.  Most parents wonder why their children don’t learn from the mistakes of their parents.  They do!  Children learn the mistakes of their parents and then amplify them.   

But, God promises that this generational slide can be broken when Christ is invited into the family.  The Scripture says that the power of sin lasts 4 generations, but the power of God’s love lasts for a 1,000 generations. 

If you are a first-generation Christian family, you might not see much difference between your Christian family and a non-Christian family, but there is a major difference.  Because when you invited Christ into your family, you’ve stopped the slide.  You are now leaving a godly legacy.  Your children’s lives will be better than yours.  If your children then choose to follow Christ, your grandchildren’s life will be better than your children’s.  Instead of sliding down, your legacy is getting morally stronger.  And every generation will get better and better for the next 1,000 generations… And by choosing Christ, you began that legacy. 

My wife comes from 10 generations of Christians.  I am a second generation Christian.  If my children choose to continue to follow Christ, their children’s lives will be even better than their own. 

So today, I challenge you… choose Christ for your home. 


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