We listen to a lot of Christian music when we’re driving. Yesterday, a great one for belting out came on the radio: Even So Come.
All of creation, all of the earth
Make straight a highway, a path for the Lord
Jesus is coming soon
Call back the sinner, wake up the saint
Let every nation shout of Your fame
Jesus is coming soon
Like a bride waiting for her groom
We’ll be a Church ready for You
Every heart longing for our King
We sing, “Even so come, Lord Jesus, come.”
The 4 year-old piped up in the seat behind me, “Did they say, ‘even so come Lord Jesus?'” The conversation then went like this:
Yes, baby girl, they did.
What do they mean, “come Lord Jesus?”
God tells us in the Bible that Jesus is going to come back for everyone who believe in him.
(9 year old in the far back of the van): I BELIEVE IN HIM!
(6 year old in the middle): I BELIEVE!
(back to 4 year old): Daddy, is Jesus in the moon?
At this point I’m going to take a break to say that I have NO idea where this question came from. We try to keep the kids away from the weirder heresies and cults… 😉
No, Baby, He’s not in the moon.
No, where is he for REAL?
From there we entered into a brief conversation on the omnipresence of God (funnily enough, we had just turned off Obi Wan Kenobi teaching Luke Skywalker all about the Force) and the return of Christ – well, as much as we could on a 4 year old level.
The point of telling this story is not to talk about the imminent return of Christ or about the attributes of God. I really wanted to share this story to highlight the fact that those of us who believe ought to be taking advantage of such opportunities to talk with our kids about God.
Of course, I hear people argue that Christians merely brainwash and indoctrinate our kids into faith when we ought to be letting them figure out their own way.
We are all conditioned by our worldview. Some of us hold to a Christian worldview. Others, not so much. Just a few moments ago, I saw a friend post this:
And it’s true! The point is that we ALL approach life with a worldview, and we pass that worldview down to others. If we’re not passing our Christian worldview down to our kids, the outside world will pass down something else.
Think about faith this way. If I believe something to be true, I would actually be harming people by not telling them what I believed to be true. Is God real? Did Christ die a propitiatory death for humanity? Will we all stand before God again one day?
Yes. Yes. Yes.
Why would I withhold that from my kids? Don’t let opportunities slip by. I’m not saying you need to force it. Don’t bash people over the head with your Bible shoutin’, “YOU NEED JESUS!” But as the opportunities arise, make the most of them. Let your friends and family know the truth you know. Not everyone will accept it, but if you REALLY believe it, why WOULDN’T you share it?
Unless you don’t REALLY believe…