Simple Actually

I have not understood how a dad who loves his children would not be very concerned about protecting and guarding their hearts from as much of the world as he could. Frankly, I have been totally at a loss to figure this out. I now believe I have an explanation. 

Proverbs 4:23 is foundational to this discussion. “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” As you study and meditate on this verse, I believe you will see that everything coming from a man in a natural sense–his actions, his words, and thoughts–are from his heart. That is why it is critically important that good things are taken in, and things that will lead to bad fruit are avoided. 

Likely, the dad mentioned earlier has an inflated self-confidence in his ability not to be affected by negative worldly things to which he exposes himself (contrary to Proverbs 4:23). He believes he is spiritually mature and will not be pulled down by things that weak believers will be. Furthermore, he might have little concern for the command for holiness and a host of other verses I share regularly. “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy”  (1 Peter 1:15-16).

I imagine that if a man isn’t keeping his own heart, likely he won’t be concerned about his children’s hearts either. After reading this, if you have another explanation please write me back. “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things” (Matthew 12:35).