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Do You Know How Old Your Children Are?

The following was written by Kent Davis, which I found to be very interesting.

The Bible class was shocked by the question. Their brother in Christ had said he was concerned if the fathers knew how old their children were. One dad angrily replied, "Of course, we know how old our children are!" The concerned member replied, "I don't mean to irritate you, but you all seem confused about how old they are."

Another man challenged, "Tell us how we seem confused." "I will," the concerned member softly answered, "but you will not like the answer. I will start with Nathan, who is not expected to sit still for thirty minutes during the sermon, because he is too young."

"He is too young," interrupted Nathan's father.

"Perhaps. But you expect him to sit for hours in school," continued the concerned member. "Then there is Sharon, who is old enough to sing with the radio, but is not expected to sing with the congregation. And what about Michael? He will not even say hello when an adult greets him after services. He learned the rules of soccer, so why can't he learn basic etiquette? And what about Janice? Is she too young for the Bible? Her Bible class reads paraphrased Bible stories rather than the Bible itself, yet she is old enough to watch PG movies."

"Is Jimmy really too young to learn the books of the Bible? He was able to learn the fifty states. And how can Ellen be old enough to write a paper for her school, but too young to look up the scripture references during the sermon? How can Cheryl..."

"All right, you can stop," said Cheryl's father.

There was silence for a few moments, then another father said, "I have been treating my child as if he were grown up during the week and as if he were a baby on Sunday. It seems the rest of us have not done much better. God told us to bring up our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4).

No one answered. The silence that followed was the silence of prayer.

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward