And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
(Genesis 20:2 ESV)
When the men of the place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” for he feared to say, “My wife,” thinking, “lest the men of the place should kill me because of Rebekah,” because she was attractive in appearance.
(Genesis 26:7 ESV)
Has it ever occurred to you that Abraham (dad) and Isaac (son) told the same lie, in the context of the same relative relationship, to the same person (Abimelech).
Even as I’m writing this blog, I’m thinking about how the poor example of a father is imitated by a son. But the Holy Spirit seems to be turning me to His grace (imagine that). Yes, the father was cowardly and lied, and the son followed suit. However, the greater part of the story is how the same God that delivered Abraham from harm delivers the son as well.
So, instead of asking, “Are you setting a poor example for your kids?” (which I don’t have to ask because… you are. you’re not perfect) I’ll ask, “Are you showing your kids the faithfulness and goodness of a loving savior?”
Remember, there is nothing that Jesus can’t save you from. That’s the example we need to set!