Train up a child in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
Just this last week, during conversations about teens and young adults who have been raised in Christian homes who have walked away from Christ, I’ve had this verse quoted to me out of context three times. Sadly, I rarely hear it used otherwise.
Usually, what I hear is, “But it’s OK – God’s promised that they will eventually turn back to Him.” followed by Proverbs 22:6.
I know this is going to burst a few bubbles, and probably upset a LOT of you, but this verse is NOT a promise – it is a proverb. There’s a big difference. Continue reading