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When I was a kid, I killed a lot of evil foes. Cowboy Dave must have plugged a dozen Black Barts in order to save the beautiful girl. Occasionally, they shot me–right in the gizzard.
You should have seen me die. That’s one of the best things I did. “Ooh!” Then I would fall to my knees clutching my stomach where an invisible bullet lay buried, burning my young life away. It was so touching that even I was moved.
I also stabbed a few bad guys with my invisible saber when the game changed to knights and sword fights. I’ve never killed any visible people (though I may have driven a few of them crazy), but I’ve slain my share of invisible bad guys.
It seems to me that some grown-up Christians are doing the same thing. I reserve the right to be wrong but this is for those of you who’ve wondered about “breaking generational curses.” Here’s part of the scripture that my friends base their doctrine upon:
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me …” (Deut. 5:9, 10 NIV)
The teaching says that many of the problems we face today are passed down to us spiritually because of the curse carried by the sins of our parents. Not only kids but grandkids and great grandchildren can suffer for the sins of their elders, even if they’ve never sinned in the same manner.
So, somewhere we have to “break” the power of this generational curse so that we can be free of the punishment for their sin.
Now, I know we pass a lot of junk onto our kids and I hope my kids can forgive me for the headaches I bequeathed them. But, forgive me if I shock you, it’s not necessarily a spiritual thing, it’s a sociological thing. Often we raise our kids the way we were raised and we battle our own weaknesses like our parents did. Continue reading