Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Doing something right

You know you are doing something right when the kids ask for hymns (on CD) in the van 10 seconds after you start it up. My oldest son's favorite hymn is "A Mighty Fortress" and my second son (who is 3) informed his mother that he can play "A Mighty Fortress" on a baby piano (one of the little 4-key versions). They are cute at that age, and neither of us will deflate that enthusiasm in the slightest!

I think, and so far experience has borne this out, that immersing kids in the Word (without dumbing it down or changing it to "suit what they can understand") seems to take best. When you use the Sunday School workbooks with paraphrased stories, how are they going to learn them by heart? They don't need to understand it all to know the story. (Does anyone understand God's Word perfectly?) That's the beauty of little kids (i.e. less than like 8-10 yrs). Early on they soak up things to remember. Later on they start to use that basis for their understanding of the world and Word. Lukewarm in, lukewarm/cold out. Consistent, pure in; I expect a deeper, consistent, reverent understanding out. Time will tell, but by the Grace of God...

8 comments:

Pumice said...

When my kids were small they used to take a hymnal along on trips and work on singing their way through the book. That sounds good, but they could not carry a tune. They would ask me to sing with them and I would have to ask, "Sing with which one?"

They have moved and one of their problems is finding a church that has more than six week old songs written by their praise band.

Count your blessings and keep on doing what you are doing.

Grace and Peace.

VirginiaLutherans said...

I do count my blessings and thank God for them all. That is a shame. Have they thought of starting a conservative church in their area? Just because there are praise bands and other unhelpful things doesn't mean there aren't those looking for a conservative church.

Archduchess Maria Carollton said...

How wonderful that your children love the traditional hymns. People say that kids only want to listen to secular music, and most of it is horrible! Not true--there are exceptions. Good for you Virginia, and good for those precious children!

L Garcia Muro said...

love is great, cherish your days with your children.

www.marriagewithgod.blogspot.com

Citizen Atheist said...

If by doing something right you mean successfully indoctrinating your son into your twisted view of reality, then yes, you have done very well. If you mean doing something right as in preparing him for real life, college and success, you have done a terrible misdeed.

VirginiaLutherans said...

My son will be well prepared for this life. And the life after. If there is no God, what is the harm in teaching religion? It avails nothing in your view.

Citizen Atheist said...

How true that I can find no real benefit in religion, but that isn't to say that real harm can't be done. The number of reasons and the explanation are too numerous here, and I keep discovering new reasons to add to my list.

Religion is a plague upon the human mind. Reason is the cure. I know you will resist the cure, however, as most Christians do, but also because your founder, Martin Luther said that reason is the enemy.

VirginiaLutherans said...

I find it very interesting that you call religion a plague. So you are saying all of the cultures over all of recorded history who made their own deities, gods, demons, etc. were not pointing to a uniquely human condition but to a temporary blight that comes and goes? This is a highly irrational point to be making. The introduction of sin forever corrupted the human race. Humanity started following any path it could conceive of in its own mind. It followed gods of the winds, earth, heavens, and so on. All of this was humanity’s attempt to satisfy its need for the true God. As an atheist and a humanist, your god is your reason, intellect, and self. So what will you do if you become mentally handicapped? Contract a terminal illness? Your humanity won’t save you or rectify the ills you have done. (You know you have done evil, many times.) The guilt and weight of your sins will weigh on you, with permanent results if, at the last moment, you still reject Christ. Faith comes through the Holy Spirit (“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63) and provides the faith to believe. Faith in Christ brings the certain hope of salvation from the death that surrounds us. Your humanity and reason cannot make good on the evil you have done. What cost does it take to rectify your evil?

You misunderstand Luther. Human reason is useful for worldly things. When it comes to righteousness and Godly things, human reason is so ill-equipped it cannot even be useful. Human reason applied to these things cannot be trusted since it is warped by sin, just as a ruler that is warped is no longer useful for drawing on paper. You place your faith in such a warped sense, unaware of the inadequacies of your own reasoning capability. My faith rests on God, who has not changed since time began at His Word, and will remain the same long after time has ended at His call. This is true regardless of the condition of my body and at any time. My concerns are met, the debt of my sin is paid, and I joyfully aid my neighbor in all of his needs.