A study once disclosed that:
If both Mom and Dad attend church regularly - 72% of their children remain faithful.
If only Dad - 55% remain faithful.
If only Mom - 15%.
If neither attended regularly - only 6% remain faithful.
The statistics speak for themselves - the example of parents and adults is more important than all the efforts of the church and Sunday school.
- Warren Mueller (aksermonillustrations.blogspot.in)
2Ch 29:2 (BBE) “He (King Hezekiah) did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done.”
1Ki 22:52 (GNB): “He (King Ahaziah) sinned against the LORD, following the wicked example of his father Ahab, his mother Jezebel, and King Jeroboam, who had led Israel into sin.”
“Fathers and mothers do not forget that children learn more by the eye than they do by the ear... Imitation is a far stronger principle with children than memory. What they see has a much stronger effect on their minds than what they are told.” - J.C. Ryle.
Tit 2:7 (CEV): “Always set a good example for others. Be sincere and serious when you teach.”
“A good example is like a bell that calls many to church.” - Author Unknown.