Have you ever gotten excited about the idea of your child becoming interested in reading bible stories, only to discover how simply violent they are?! Yep, that was us.
Our boys love the bible. In fact, I’m pretty sure they know the stories and people of the bible better than I ever did at that young age. True story – my 3 year old son flipped through a devotional, landed on a page with only text and a picture of a dove (mind you he doesn’t yet know how to read), and he started telling the story of how John baptized Jesus, and upon rising out of the water the Holy Spirit appeared as a dove. And you know what? That’s exactly what the text was talking about – no one had told him! I was so proud.
And yes, I LOVE how much my boys love the bible, but when they start re-enacting the stories and yelling “Kill him! Kill him!”, it makes me wonder how appropriate this is for 5 and 3 year old’s.
They now love swords, ‘killing’ those who are God’s enemies and throwing people in prison. Hmmm… maybe we should start reading more of God’s love and forgiveness in the New Testament (ha)
I think they’re boys, too, and aren’t boys more drawn to dominance, conquering, defeating… you know, all that testosterone-driven stuff? I’m still learning as a mom of only boys.
Acting is great, as long as it stays an act. Am I right?
What are some of your experiences? Can anyone relate? I’d love to hear from you! 🙂