While reading the story of Noah, I noticed parallels with today’s Christian family – the patriarchal hierarchy in which the family assumes salvation through a parent or grandparent; or perhaps aunt or uncle. In my family it was my aunt. We figured she had all the religion stuff covered for us. How far from the truth is that! NO ONE can assume YOUR salvation for you! Our adult kids are riding that wave, the one we created as saved followers of Christ.
The Bible says, “Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God,” [Gen 6:9]. In that bit of scripture it did not say one word about Noah’s family having a personal relationship with the Lord. Then, did his family ride his salvation coattails? I’d say the evidence says yes:
“v20 And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. v21 Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. v22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. v23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.” Genesis 9:20-23
Remember, when this happened to Noah, the flood was over, “So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth,” [Gen 9:1] – which means that his entire family saw with their own eyes how God saved them from the flood that killed everything on earth. And even that was not enough to bring them to the end of themselves and to the Lord.
Do our adult kids assume salvation through us? I know I did as a young adult, I really thought that I didn’t have to do anything. I pray and pray and pray that my kids will find the Lord, I pray for their protection; these things we SHOULD do. But they have to have their own salvation experience just like we did:
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2Peter 3:9