Friday, November 02, 2007

I like the "Jesus Loves Me", but...

My lovely 7 and 4 year old were arguing over something stupid yesterday when we walked into Costco after taekwondo. I shared Proverbs 20:3 with them ("It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.") I told them that when they are quick to argue they are being fools and asked if foolishness what their goal.

Nate cocked his head at me and says, "Mom, I like that 'Jesus loves me' part of the Bible, but not the parts where He tells me what to do."

Isn't he like all of us? We all want to hear the mushy lovey parts, but disdain the part where God asserts control over our lives or gives us guidelines for living. My wonderful husband is making a film series examining the debate between evolution and creationism. We see this as a vital issue to the church. If one can reject a Creator, one can reject that Creator's demands. If one accepts that he has been created by a sentient Being, it stands to reason that that Creator may have plans for His creation.

God help us to rejoice in His plan and embrace it, instead of sulking like children with selective hearing.


Jean said...

Interesting that he didn't like the discipline aspect. We were just discussing God's discipline in Sunday School last week (I am teaching on the book of Proverbs).