The whole of chapter 18 of Ezekiel is a disavowal of an ancient proverb:”Fathers have eaten green grapes thus their children’s teeth are on edge.” In other words, the children could be punished for the sins of their fathers. Ezekiel is writing about personal responsibility. Thus, each of the decisions we make really counts. We will be punished only for those things we do or say not punished from one generation to another. I think Ezekiel’s message is even more important today. We live in a “victim” culture. We are all victims, thus we are responsible for nothing. We have no power over our own actions. We are acted upon. Of course, Ezekiel would say that is not true. We are meant to be responsible for our own actions. Take responsibility!