Text to ponder: “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God”. Psalm 14:1
Ah, electronic social networking! it brings up more “road rage” than a traffic jam during rush hour, doesn’t it? Here’s a small example of where I’m going with this.
The quote written across the posted photo was, “If we don’t teach our children who God is, someone else will teach them everything that He’s not.” Yes, most of us here rally behind that idea!
However a reply comes up from one of the usual obligatory non-believer trolls posting on a religious feed: “Or people could let their children grow up and make their own religious choices…” Etc., etc.
My mental response: Well excuse me, pilgrim, but if ALL the choices aren’t presented to a kid – one of them being God as a viable “option” – as opposed to only presenting them with secularism, then the secularism they embrace is not really a choice, is it? You’re basically showing them only the limited choices of atheism, secularism, or at best agnosticism because you don’t know God yourself. So you really have no other choice to give them, do you, other than your own doubts? You’re not seeing the entire picture here.
I didn’t reply to that person’s comment in the foregoing way, but I did pose this idea in fewer words [and not in direct reply under that person’s comment] within my own comment. No one can make a choice for something they don’t know about, can they? So if you don’t know about the “God choice”, then how can you claim you’re being fair to your kids by not presenting that “option”?
Yet what this also reveals is that you cannot provide your kids with what you yourself don’t have – a vital, personal, and real relationship with your Heavenly Father.
The entire matter seems to me to be very convoluted, very twisted. Yes, having your kids pull out of the air choices they don’t know exist is something to really shoot for.
What? Would you run that by me again, please?
If you teach your child that the only flavor ice cream there is is vanilla, then they won’t know about chocolate, strawberry, peach, almond mocha, or peanut butter fudge. None of those will be “choices”. They won’t even look for them. They will only grow up with one “choice” – vanilla.
Actually, that responder was proving the very point of the original post while being “trendy” and critical, and so very politically correct. It’s a common idea, but not a well thought out one.
Then another person chirps up in “support” with something about “indoctrinating” kids about your “imaginary friend”, so others won’t spoil the illusions you taught them earlier. Unfortunately this illustrates well the blind attitude of our current “culture” that there is nothing beyond the five senses and the finite mind’s limitations.
Why do these people always find their way into things they don’t really care about and have no experience with? Or is there some hidden agenda driving them of which they are not aware? After all, the unseen “imaginary friend” has lots of unseen enemies.
Being insulting seems to be what many of these people care about, and that’s about it. It must provide some sort of sick high to rain on someone else’s parade. Bluntly put it amounts to unbelievers crashing the party of believers happily encouraging one another. That is bully behavior.
Probably something they’re teaching their kids. Something caught, not directly taught. How encouraging.
Well, that just shows you where some people are coming from. They have no sense of what’s appropriate. But to deny God is to deny yourself, created in God’s image and likeness. Strange, isn’t it?
But “appropriateness” and a sense of respecting other people’s comments, news feeds, blogs, and so forth, is something that comes from at least the godly values and respect which is based – like it or not – in our Judeo-Christian heritage, traditions, and ways.
So if you don’t want to know God, well, it’s your choice. Yet that’s what you miss out on – a “choice” that propels you in the direction of at least decent manners… and so much more. Especially clear thinking.
I’m not discounting that people cannot be virtuous without being religious, but if they are of that persuasion, they’re usually courteous enough to not show up in a commentary and start criticizing people who wish to introduce their children to God.
OK, I’ve gotten that out of my system.
I expect that very soon better things will be springing forth, spurred on and inspired by the Holy Spirit.