In ancient China the people desired security from the barbaric hordes to the north, so they built the Great Wall of China. It was so high and thick the Chinese thought no one could break through it. But, during the first 100 years of the wall’s existence, China was invaded three times! Not once did the hordes break down the wall or climb over the top. They found another way to get across. Each time the enemy bribed a gatekeeper and then marched right through the gates. The Chinese were so busy relying upon the walls of stone that they forgot to teach their children integrity.
Are you teaching your children integrity? Could they become trusted gatekeepers? Ethical behavior must first be modeled by parents. The writer of Proverbs states, “The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him” (Proverbs 20:6).
When we as parents are models of integrity for our children, then we have the responsibility to teach them the same and to expect the same in return.