What is with dads who let their kids play with anyone and go anywhere without accountability? Jacob let his daughter go play with local kids in Shechem and she never came home. So many bad stories could be avoided if parents just took the time to be there with their children. Why leave them to their own curiosity and youthful urges?
Not only did Jacob not seem to care when his daughter wandered off with local friends, he seemed unmoved when he heard that she had been raped. The kind of parent who shrugs about what their kid does in the daylight will probably not care much what happens to them in the dark. Children need parents who care about them.
One of the signs that we are at the end of the age is the fact that parents do not seem to love their children like they naturally should. Even many Christian parents just let their kids raise themselves. Instead of intervening in a child’s life when he is 5, they wait until he is 15 and out of control. Are we patently stupid?
Dad, get off your duff and go play with your kids. Know their friends. Make your home a place where those friends can come and you can be involved in your children’s lives. Turn your head away right now in distraction and you will be turning your face away in disgrace later.