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Easter and You
What is your idea of Easter? I asked that question of some children. 7 to 10 year olds and they all said that it was Easter bunnies, and Easter eggs and fun. Kind of sad, huh? Sad on two counts. One is that their parents are not teaching the kids better than that and two because it isn’t only children that think that way. We have been in the ministry over 40 years now and I have heard several “so called Christians” state that Easter is for children and fun.
Now when my kids were little, I loved buying them new pretty clothes to wear on Easter Sunday and I bought them Easter baskets and had egg hunts, but not once did I let a Easter go by without telling them all about the real meaning of Easter. It seems so basic to me. The Easter story is about everything of any meaning to us. Because Christ died on the cross that Easter and arose again, we have families, and friends and churches and hope and a future. It is all-encompassing.
Every once in a while, I talked to someone who is convinced that a child cannot handle any negatives about God and pain and death. They are convinced that children must be sheltered from such hardness. And yet, those same parents allow their children to watch DVDs and movies about murder and rape and bad guys and violence. I fail to understand such logic. When in fact, it isn’t logic at all. There is nothing logical about shielding children from anything in the Bible. Children can handle it easily. It is only parents brain-washed by liberal thinking that Christianity is harmful to children and therefore they cannot handle death and resurrection of Christ. That does not come from God. What God did for them is a comfort and a joy and a hope that children desperately need.
Children are, and probably always have been smarter than we give them credit for. Even your 3 year olds need to hear about Jesus. Maybe not his death, but His life. Even 3 year olds can understand that there is comfort in believing in a good God. Don’t be caught up in a philosophy that children need to be protected from God. Think it out. They would have you believe that God is all about fire and brimstone and death and violence. They see the sacrifices in the Bible and on the cross and have no clue of the significant meaning behind it all. Don’t be fooled Angels. God can penetrate the heart of a child and be a comfort and source of security to that child.
When we lapse into planned prayers like, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray thee Lord my soul to take.” Now that is man scaring the children and blaming it on God. Don’t be fooled. Teach the children to pray from their heart by you praying from yours. Not so hard to do. How about this, “ Thank you Lord for loving me, thank you for protecting me. Thank you Lord for being here with me and keeping all bad things away. I love you and I know you love me too.” That will give them peace and security and hope. Children can love God unless you make Him into a boogey man.
Happy Easter Everyone