His son seems to have learned those characteristics from his father with far worse results in his domain.
There are more passages in the Word than I can list here that deal with the impact we have as fathers on our sons and daughters. They learn from us. They watch us. Their character is shaped by what they see us do and how we respond to life’s challenges. They notice our attitude toward others. They understand if we are vulnerable, teachable. From the womb they are paying attention. They are being shaped by the choices they see us make in all areas of life.
This event forcibly reminded me how desperately important it is that we live Godly before them. It is not about religious activity. It is not about going to church, doing Bible study, memorizing scripture, or any other discipline. While those are all important, they are not the end. The end is to pursue the true knowledge of Christ. To get so close to Him that His nature and character increasingly becomes ours.
As dads, for the sake of our sons, we must do as Paul exhort in Philippians 3:13 – 14, relentlessly, passionately pursue intimacy with Christ. We must do that in a community that speaks to our lives and we must be open to their instruction and correction. The impact on our children, their lives, and the lives of those with whom they interact are at stake.
I wish that I could say this more eloquently or communicate more effectively the importance of this. But right now this is the best I can do…