Hello, Biblical Blossoms! I recently received a promotion. Yes, that is correct. Yours truly has clambered her way up from an assistant status to becoming the 4th and 5th grade Sunday school teacher at her home church in Athens, Texas. I absolutely love this age group too–they listen to the lesson, contribute meaningfully and answer questions, but are still young enough to have a very competitive game of Bible Trivia. However, nothing could have prepared me for the questions that these inquisitive children have burning in their minds. Questions such as, “Don’t we just need to spread the Word to go to Heaven” or “What is the reason to get baptized?” or (my favorite question) “Why do we need to pray for [insert a president’s name here]?”.
It is easy to become overwhelmed with the responsibility of answering quickly and–most importantly–correctly. Indeed, one answer that you provide to these young Christians might take the “first seat” in their minds and be the lens they examine a certain subject through forever. No pressure.
However, as I have begun to dive deeper into this role, I realized that my fixation on providing the right answer quickly was completely wrong. What use is providing the “right” answer if our children never learn to look for these answers themselves and don’t have the tools to find them? Truly, when does providing our children and others with answers no longer become learning but rather develop as a means for them to use us as crutches for their own faith?
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
If we continue to ply our children and new believers with answers, what will they have left to seek?
On the other hand, why do we become stressed about not having the answers? Peter, who walked with Christ, said it best when he implored believers “…in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…”. Why are our defenses and Spiritual armor lacking and why do we provide surface-level responses to these new believers? Because many of us heard the Bible stories, once, twice, three times and then stopped listening. We never grew out of Spiritual infancy. Instead of having a beautiful, jeweled cup that overflows, we have a sippy cup with a few drops left in the bottom.
Someday, I want my children to be able to come to me with questions, but also be able to tell me what they have already learned in their quest for Christ. I want to discover more about Christ through my children and others, but have the answers to usher in a new love of Christ.
However, to be able to do this we must form a solid foundation of our beliefs. Thus for the next few weeks, I have developed a series to help reinstill the fundamentals of Christianity: “Back to Basics”. This week we will be looking at who Christ is and how to develop our relationship with Christ. I am excited to go on this journey with you all and hope that you learn along the way!
~The Brown-Eyed Bookaholic