“God tells stories that make Sunday school teachers sweat and mothers write their children permission slips excusing them from encountering reality.” – N.D. Wilson
In an effort to protect our children we can leave them spiritually stunted.
The gospel is relevant for every nook and cranny of the life we know.
The world is rated R and no one is checking IDs. Do not try to make it G by imagining the shadows away. Do not try to hide your children from the world forever; do not try to pretend there is no danger. Train them. Give them sharp eyes and bellies full of laughter. Make them dangerous. Make them yeast, and when they’ve grown, they will pollute the shadows.” – N.D. Wilson
May we raise children who have no tolerance for denial.
“Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.” – Calvin
“We shudder because we know that if God were to… deal out instant justice, none of us would escape. For whatever grades and levels of evil there are among people in general, we know that it is something that lurks in our own heart. The evil we so much wish god would prevent or punish in others is right there inside ourselves. None of us needs to be scratched very deep to uncover the darker depths of our worst desires and the evil action any of us is capable of, if pushed. As we try to stand in judgment on God, we don’t really have a leg to stand on ourselves.
If you, LORD, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
- Psalm 130:3
Answer: Not a single solitary one of us.
And even apart from such latent or overt evil within ourselves, there is also the fact that it is practically impossible to live in this world without some complicity in its evil or some benefit from evils done elsewhere.” – Christopher Wright
A true understanding of ourselves makes us long for rescue, long for a savior.