The Gospel and Children

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We have raised a generation or two of kids who have been told as Toddlers, that Jesus is happy with them when they obey mom and dad, share with their friends, etc. Then we suddenly start to tell them that they can't please God by their works and they need to be forgiven. We want to make sure that we can accommodate the Holy Spirit's apparent lack of ability to interact with children (forgive the brimming, steaming sarcasm) by revising the Gospel so that they are asking Jesus to be their "special friend." And when they don't show any fruit when they reach their teen years we help them by yet another clearly biblical experience (molten lava-laced sarcasm) - rededication. And if they don't get rededicated and instead live like pagans, well, at least they "prayed the prayer" when they were younger. Whew! That was close.

My wife had a kid in her class who told her that he was saved because he prayed a prayer that a clown (obviously following first-century and Reformation evangelism procedures) told him to.

WHAT IS A CLOWN DOING ANYWHERE NEAR THE GOSPEL?

WHY ARE WE SHOWING OUR KIDS MOVIES (Veggietales) WHERE CHRIST THE LORD IS PORTRAYED AS A BABY CARROT??

Take a cleansing breath, Peter. It's opening day. Just a few more hours. Relax. . . .

3 comments:

jon said...

This is a topic near and dear to my heart--having a 10 and 12 yr in the house right now.

Parents in our church are shocked when I tell them NOT to write their kids name in a Bible with a "date of their salvation," that I will not baptize their little pre-schooler (or even grade schooler in most cases), and that it is good for their child to "work out their own salvation with fear and trembling--because God is at work in them to will and do of His good pleasure." So prepare fertile soil for God to do His work.

btw, we have the devotional based on the shorter catechism--good stuff.

Diane said...

Peter,

Great post. A clown???? Yikes!

I looked extensively at the curriculum you told me about for children. Amazing.....it is very Reformational. Thank you very much for telling about it.

Kristen said...

AMEN!!! Great post! :)

My favorite line: "WHAT IS A CLOWN DOING ANYWHERE NEAR THE GOSPEL?"

Now that's a rhetorical question!