Over at CBMW, Jonathan Akin recently published an article on the seeming truism of Proverbs 22:6. It reads in the ESV, “Train up a child in the way he should; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
This verse, at first glance, seems to be a promise to parents that if they train their children up in the Lord, and teach them the ways of God, then they will be set for life. After all, it does say that your children will not depart from Christ if you do this. However, we see over and over again an experiential truth take place in the lives of many families. The truth that many parents teach their kids about Jesus, but their kids reject Christ when they get older—often in their teenage years.