A sad day at school
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Recently at a quality high school in Cape Town, the kids were all asked to write down what they wanted the parent’s prayer group to pray about. But instead of prayer requests, almost all wrote down questions … questions of confusion and why, what, how! It’s probably one of the saddest set of questions I’ve seen for a long time, and these are from our children!
“When will my life become nice and happy again?” “Who are you, and why do you hide from me?”“Why don’t you reveal yourself?”“Why do bad things happen?” “What is existence?”
I suspect that behind all of these questions is the fact that they do not understand because they do not see God’s love around them. They see instead followers of religion spouting rhetoric from the nice house, big church, and pollution belching SUV. It’s no wonder they ask, where is that love Christians talk about?
Now, I know there are some wonderful things that Christians do and say … but I fear they are but a drop in the ocean if these kid’s questions are anything to go by!
In coming weeks I want to explore some of these questions. I feel guilty here … if the children are asking these questions, where do they hear … no, where do they SEE the answer? I think of the disciples in Mathew 19:13-14 and I wonder, have we become like that? Keeping our Jesus so holy and separate and out of the hands of our Children. And I think of Paul’s harsh statement in Tit 1:16, “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works.”
Every day our children fall deeper into the relativistic and decaying moral structure of this present society. If we who profess to love Jesus don’t show Jesus to them in our words and deeds, where will they see Him?
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