Happy Wednesday, all!
We have made it back home from our travels visiting family, and are almost back into the swing of things.
I had an encounter this last week, regarding my faith and what I am teaching our children.
In response to Lexie exclaiming excitement about the crosses at a church we passed by, and her telling us that “Jesus died on the cross to save people from their sins,” I was told that children will learn whatever you want to teach them.
I guess that’s true? If we teach our children to hate the sinner rather than the sin, their hearts will be filled with anger and contempt for other humans. This was not at all God’s plan for our hearts.
If we teach our children to only care about themselves, find all the answers to life in their own minds, or hate other people for their beliefs or lack there of, they are going to learn those things.
They are also probably going to grow up to be self centered, “me generation” adults, with no sense of liability for their actions or concern for others.
I say this because when we only take care of ourselves, causes that we want to be a part of, and we lean on our own understanding rather than God, life becomes messy, confusing, and depressing.
We can become angry, bitter individuals with little compassion for others.
We are teaching Lexie that there is something much bigger than herself; there is a God that loves her unconditionally, and we should live life treating others like his son treated others.
Lexie is learning to be kind, loving, and responsible. She is learning that her actions have consequences, and that while we are all sinners, it is our faith in Christ that saves us.
We aren’t saved by being kind to others, alone. Or by being vegetarians, pro-lifers, liberals, or animal rights activists. We are saved by his Grace, his love for us which He shed on the cross.
So when my faith or what we teach our children, are questioned, I have one verse in my mind that can explain our lifestyle and beliefs.
Until you let yourself experience his love, and his grace, I’m not sure it can be understood to what degree the word “faith” is meant.
I would think that an athiest, or someone who doesn’t believe in God and Jesus Christ as it is written in the Bible, could care less what we teach our children in terms of religion and God.
And faith aside- I’d much prefer Lexie excitedly explain what she knows about Jesus and those crosses, than see someone that has a different skin color than her own and refer to them as sub human. Or treat another child who has a disability differently than she would a typical child.
The flesh is not what matters- it is our spirits that matter.
I pray you all have a wonderful week, and allow yourself to experience His grace.