The demise of an institution can result from the irresponsibility of its constituents; if one member sins, the whole body experiences the effects.
Parents need to teach their children to consider the long-range consequences of current behaviors, chastening and disciplining them while there is hope.
When we yield to God, He no longer holds us accountable for the misdeeds of our ancestors. His mercy comes on those who love Him and keep His commandments.
Human nature takes chances, assuming the day of reckoning will come later, not sooner. We cannot ignore truth or God's laws without paying a horrific price.
If we, as Christian parents, could shape and mold the minds of our children early, we could inoculate them against making the same mistakes that we did.
The people of Lystra and Derbe mistake Paul for Hermes and Barnabas for Zeus. When Paul convinces the crowds that he and Barnabas are not gods, they are rejected.