II Corinthians 4:18 "While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."
Parents are teaching their children what is of higher value. It is very obvious with a lot of people in our churches today that they put more value on material things and entertainment than they do the church and missionaries God calls to go out and preach the gospel.
Giving money to the church or to support missionaries is hardly even considered. Spending time in the Word of God is not as valuable as spending time in front of the television. Listening to preaching or godly music isn't as valuable as listening to that favorite country music or some other ungodly music. A lot of families spend their Sundays and Wednesday evenings relaxing in their homes rather than being in the House of God. They'd rather work on their cars...mow their yards...go fishing and/or hunting or attend their favorite sporting event than darken the doors of the church. What do you think this teaches the children?
Mark 8:36 "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" The children sure aren't being taught that a person's soul (including their own) is valuable. Our children learn from their parents what is important.
If parents would train their children up that the church...missionaries and getting the gospel out is valuable...then the children are more likely to train up their children the same way.
We should all "check up" on what we are teaching our children is of more value. Before you are quick to say that your values are in the places they ought to be...remember there are many people who are in church faithfully and paying tithes and giving to missions yet don't put much emphasis on it. They put more emphasis on the material things they own or want to own.
My prayer is that I'd always keep my values where they need to be...on God...His will...and His work!!