A few years ago I was playing with my 2 ½-year-old grandson. He had asked his mother if he could watch a particular video. My daughter-in-law, who was sitting on the couch about six feet away from me, told him ‘no.’ In his most innocent face, he turned to me, handing me the DVD, and said, “Pappy … Boz,” meaning for me to play it. (Boz is a children’s animation character) I asked him, “What did your mother just tell you?” He responded very confidently and sincerely, “She said yes,” as if she had somehow disappeared from the room. Maybe, because he turned his head toward me and could not see her, he thought that she wasn’t there.
Sometimes we tend to think that behavior like this is funny or cute. But this was not the first time that he expressed defiance toward his parents. And thankfully they do not let it go unattended. Because it is such a clear expression of the inner workings of the sin nature that infects every human that ever comes into this world. The Scripture clearly teaches that “there are none righteous, no, not one.”(Rom 3:10) That includes our children and our grandchildren. Even though we love them dearly, they are not exempt.
To me, this is one of the clearest evidences of the truth of the Christian faith – that we are born sinners. We sin because we are born with a nature separated from God and it is bent on rebellion toward Him. It is evidenced in every person to varying degrees. “For by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners…” (Rom 5:19) When Adam sinned he was separated from God, and he began to begat children “in his own likeness, after his image.” (Gen 5:3) The fallen sinful nature was and is passed on from generation to generation, from person to person.
Our children and grandchildren are a great joy in this life. God meant them to be – “Behold children are a heritage from the Lord. The fruit of the womb is a reward. Happy is the man who has a quiver full of them.” (Ps 127:3, 5) But they are a great responsibility for they are separated from God and we must do all that we can to lead them into their own personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ!