Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Question of the Week

This week's top question was once again brought to us by our 6 year-old son, Luke. You can count on him for a funny quote or a great question at least weekly. For example, being a cub scout, he overheard the question as to whether he would continue on to eventually get to eagle scout. "Evil scout?" "No, Luke, not evil scout, but eagle scout." But this was not the question of the week.

On the way home from lunch Sunday from the back of the van, we heard, "What's an outlaw?" This question was posed to Amber and I. We answered that it referred to someone who acted outside of the law. Of course everyone also gets the idea of old west shoot 'em ups and stagecoach robberies. We explained enough about that for him to get the general idea.

Once again from the back of the van, "Then what's an in-law?" Holding back our desire to laugh loudly we explained that this was entirely different scenario.We told him about how marriage unites families that weren't formerly related. Of course we didn't use that exact terminology, but you can imagine how we got the concept across.

I asked Luke what brought on such questions. "I just wanted to know what they were," he said. This reminds me that our children are always learning new concepts. They depend on us to give them the information they require. How we present things has a lasting effect on their world-view.

If your child asks questions about outlaws and in-laws, I am confident you could answer those questions. But what if your child asked you about salvation, Christ, instrumental music in the worship, prayer, heaven, hell, or something of this nature? Have you equipped yourself with the answer they are depending on?

Or are you an outlaw?

"Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame." ~ 1 Corinthians 15:34

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