God’s Like That

Posted: April 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

If you’ve ever led your young children through a children’s Bible, you will notice that many (well, most) of the stories aren’t there. Anything that could be deemed as “inappropriate” is passed over. The problem is 2 Timothy 3 tells us that all Scripture is God breathed and profitable for our growth in godliness, even the stories about messed up sinners doing what messed up sinners do (every story of the Bible). I remember reading the story of Adam and Eve to a group of pre-schoolers one time and having a conversation a few weeks later because one of the children got upset that night because mommy was giving her an apple to eat for dinner. She didn’t want to eat it because what she pulled out of the story was that eating fruit led to immediate death and she wasn’t ready to die yet. The discussion then turned into why we were teaching children about death in a story bible. I understand this sentiment as a parent. We live across from a cemetery and our girls are constantly being told that daddy has to go help at a funeral because somebody died. It’s difficult for them to grasp what this means and as a parent it can be perplexing when little ones ask these questions. The rub comes here though: we can’t understand the gospel of Jesus without understanding our need for a Savior and we can’t understand our need for a Savior without understanding the penalty and power of sin in our lives and in the world. Should we use wisdom? Of course we should. Are there certain ideas and themes young children aren’t mature enough for yet? I think so. But we shouldn’t protect our kids from understanding the gospel by turning the Bible into Aesop’s fables and moralism for how to live a happy and successful life. They need to hear of their sinfulness and their need for a Savior.

In this article, Trevin Wax gives an example of how exposing his children to a Bible story that isn’t traditionally kid friendly, helped his son understand the character and grace of God in a powerful way. Check out the article here: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevinwax/2014/04/01/gods-like-that-what-my-kids-got-from-studying-hosea/. Also, the video is below.


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