It was Wednesday evening, a time that had grown to become my favorite time of the entire week, for I would spend about an hour with sixth grade girls talking about God, well, that is after they updated me on their boyfriends, Justin Bieber, and the Kardashians. I loved watching them grow and earnestly seeking God, asking me questions that most adults are afraid to admit even having. This particular night, I had been explaining why the significance in the sacrifice on the cross and the fulfillment of the covenant. They didn’t understand what I meant by the latter part, so I started explaining about the covenant with Abraham but I could see in their eyes the glazed over expression of not understanding. I paused, then asked the question that hosts the title of this blog, and received this in response.
“You mean, like, Abraham Lincoln?”
I swallowed my surprise and used the rest of the time guiding them through what I could of Genesis, prescribing to them to read specifically the story of Abraham for the following week in case more questions would arise. And they did, as usual.
That was months ago, but it still haunts me, for those girls are now seventh graders who will one day become adults and potential leaders of the church, yet the stories that are fundamental to their foundation are not being woven into the fiber of their beings. And if the Word is not in the framework, what’s going to hold the house together? Granted, yes, each of these girls are of church attending familes who’ve been bequeathed Bibles of their very own and thus have ample opportunity to read it themselves. The thing is, children do from example. I myself grew up in a church going Christian home, but I always remember there being dust on the family Bible. In fact, there probably still is, and it wasn’t until at college that I came to know and understand it’s significance in my daily study.
So, the question that should be asked right now isn’t who are going to be our children’s examples, because we already know that answer – it’s us. The question we need to be asking is are we going to be the examples our children need? And the Church needs? Or are we going to keep the dust on our Bibles?
Rebecca Dix, M.Div student