The story is told of ancient China and the challenge they faced to protect themselves from the barbaric hordes to the north. So they built a huge wall that became known as The Great Wall of China.
At one time, experts believed the Great Wall was 5,500 miles long. But an archaeological survey conducted by China’s State Administration of Cultural Heritage discovered the Great Wall was more than double the size previously believed. The report, released in June of 2012, estimated the Great Wall extended 13,170 miles and covered 15 provinces. According to Time magazine, “That’s more than half the circumference of the globe, four times the span of the United States coast to coast and nearly 2 1/2 times the estimated length in a preliminary report released in 2009, two years into a project that saw the Chinese measure it for the first time.” 1
History records during the first hundred years of the wall’s existence, China was invaded three times. How in the world could someone get over that massive wall? Its thickness ranged from 15 to 30 feet and it was 25 feet tall. Not once did the barbaric hordes break through the wall or climb over it. So how did they get in?
Each time they simply bribed a gatekeeper and marched right through the gates.
One commentator made this observation: “The Chinese were so busy relying on walls of stone they forgot to teach integrity to their children.”
In Deuteronomy 6:5-8, Moses told the Israelites, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.”
If we don’t teach our kids to live life God’s way, it won’t matter how many walls we build.
© 2015. Barry L. Cameron
1 Ho, Erica. "Is the Great Wall of China Longer Than Previously Thought?" Newsfeed.time.com. Time, 22 July 2012. Web. 15 Oct. 2015.
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.