Monday, August 9, 2010

Theology based on a 3rd and 4th Grader

Oh....the super-spiritual conversations to be had at our house. It's fun when it is more than mom getting into all this talk about Jesus.

We are all (mom included) running still on a church camp high. Everyone's on fire to talk about the bible, wonder "what Jesus would do," and actually think out loud about how Jesus would act and what he would say if he were here today..... in our car
.....or involved in (fill-in-the-blank) arguement with (fill-in-the-blank)friend/sibling/parent
.....or at football camp
.....or watching oprah

The questions and conversations about Jesus and heaven seem to be permeating our days.

And really, why should it be any different?

It is just a little odd.....
....not "odd" in the way that the rest of the world doesn't normally do/say/question/talk this way.....(we are used to that sort of odd in general!)

But odd in the way that an 8 and 10 year-old think.

I mean, I KNOW that some things are not so important that they should be EXPLICITLY spelled out in the bible.

Some things are clearly up for interpretation.....right?

Perhaps I should just give you an example of exactly HOW talking about God seems to infiltrate our day....(again, not complaining....)

8 and 10 year-old are in the bathroom doing one of those oily-salt-scrub-things that softens your hands and feet.

8 year-old is showing 10-year-old how it's done 'cause she's seen mamma do this before.
8-year-old explains that this will make your hands feel "smooth as a baby's butt."

To which 10-year-old says, "yuck,"
then mom has to explain what the phrase "smooth as a baby's butt" means.

Which, OBVIOUSLY, leads us into a SUPER SPIRITUAL conversation about GOD....
....and BUTTS.


10-year-old: So do you think God has a butt?
8-year-old: Yeah, he totally does 'cause we are supposed to be like him
10-year-old: So....where does he "go"
8-year-old: The bathroom. The toilet is made of gold. That's in the bible. Well maybe not his toilet, but his streets in the bible are gold so his toilet must be."
10-year-old: oh.

And they continue to wash and scrub and make their hands "smooth as a baby's butt."

And I watch
And I listen

And I wonder God loves the faith and hearts that can only come from children.

"And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:3

1 comment:

  1. You can "learn" alot from listening to children. :) I love to see things through their eyes!