Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Someone once said that insanity is inherited, you get it from your kids. This ‘joke’ is telling in that the kids are the ones in control and speaks to the fact that the parent or guardian is abdicating (failing to do) his/her responsibility of training. Training is teaching the same lesson in multiple ways, until it is finally grasp and adopted. It does not count in how many times it is said, it counts in the ways it is illustrated by our actions, attitudes, and demonstrations. It will do no good in just telling the child, if there is a disconnect in the belief of the teacher to what is being taught. It is one thing to say that we must obey the laws, but all that is lost if we then excuse our speeding or yell at the other drivers who are obeying the laws. Repeated telling without teaching will only insulate the child from learning respect. Respect is given when it is believed. It is the submission to the authority represented first and then to the person standing in that position of authority. The more there is a disconnect in the person in authority to the purpose of that authority, the less respect there will be.
There are 7 distinct authorities that God has established to govern society,1. Marital Authority, 2. Parental Authority, 3. Educational Authority, 4. Administrative
Authority, 5. Governmental Authority, 6. Ecclesiastical Authority, and 7.Scriptural Authority. These are the avenues that God intends to us to bless us. When we disrespect this authority, we are really challenging God’s Plan of blessings. Every sin of man will be accompanied by at least one of these authorities being disrespected. A child who has no respect for authority will also have no respect for God. One of the evidences of a lack of respect in today’s society is the me-ism that is so prevalent. The disregard for responsibility in order to have fun; the ‘self portrait phenom’; The ‘I want, I think, and the I will, mentality that is so predominant. We need to realize that the world doesn’t revolve around us, and it will continue on,after we are gone.
When determining what lessons are important for a child to learn, this is one of the most important lessons that should be taught, but sadly, it is one of the least taught. If a child never learns respect then nothing will be sacred and he will fight every authority and his chances of ever knowing God personally become very, very slim. Not only that, but he will attempt to break every rule until he is broken over them. One of the vital keys to keeping a society healthy is that they teach the children respect to all of the authorities that God has established.