Saturday, August 25, 2012
The end of the Faith as we know it.
This kind of treacley bilge is why kids cannot live or share their faith effectively.
God forbid that they grow up with a foundation like this. When they enter college, the Dawkins and Hitchens will eat them alive. There is ALWAYS a prof whose sworn duty is to relieve the kids of any vestige of a "Sunday School" mindset.
Paul wrote that "the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation". That means BIBLE STUFF! Teach children the Word of God. Teach them what it means to be a Christian (by which I mean, what does God say about it, not ice-cream parties in the fiery furnace).
What would Paul have said? Parents brought their kids to Jesus, and there was nary a cake cone or sprinkle in sight.
I was taught the Scriptures, AND studied the children's catechism (a collection of doctrinal Q&As). These provided me (as a child) with a foundation for my beliefs, not just cutesy VBS songs. I understood what sin was, what Jesus did, how I did not want to displease my Heavenly Father (though I did with regularity), what the church was about. I knew it was time to be quiet when someone was praying, from a very early age.
(Swerves to the shoulder)
Lookit...as a toddler I was taught that prayer-time was special! You bow your head, put your hands together, and pray (or at least be quiet while others were doing the praying.) I was taught reverence for prayer and prayer-time. It was not a time to be fed Cheerios to shut me up, or to riffle pages of a Little Golden Book. It was a time for praying.
How hard is this?
"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
The faith, the church, and all the parts thereof: singing, praying, Scripture reading, Communion, giving, loving God, loving one another, all are part of training up a child, and not merely at church...all this must be inculcated in the home, saying grace, bedtime prayers, like that. At home.
The spillover at churchtime will be a bonus.
As we teach the kinder the Word from an early age, (and this involves actively reading TO them and WITH them) we pave the way for them to live a life of faith as they grow up, and prepare them to be ready to "give a reason for the hope that is in them" when grown.
I was fascinated to learn of Jeff Foxworthy's Game Show Network project: “The American Bible Challenge”. It will be interesting to see how well the contestants fare.