This past Sunday our pastor encouraged us to teach Big Truths, like the sovereignty of God, for example, to our children while they are still little. Little children are less resistant to Big Truths. Adults often resist Big Truths because they “haven’t ever heard THAT before – therefore it can’t be true.” It’s uncomfortable to admit we may not be aware of something that critical. If it were really TRUE – we would surely have been taught that when we were small, right?
Which brings me back to the point. Teach Big Truths to your children. Really, there are only two alternatives. We either give them small truths they will grow out of - or we give them Big Truths they will grow into.
He gave the following example to illustrate this:
Suppose you have two children fighting. (I know. I know. This is a rare occurrence in my home too, but try to use your imagination here.) Two children are fighting, and one slugs the other one in the shoulder.
You can do one of two things. You can say, “Now Johnny, why would you do such a thing? Don’t you realize THAT ISN’T NICE????!!!!” Johnny hangs his head. That isn’t nice. He never thought of THAT before. He thought he was doing his sibling a walloping favor.
OR you could say, “Johnny, your brother is made in the image of God. Think about that for a minute. Made in the image of GOD.” Johnny stands and stares, unsure of what to think or say. “You just punched someone made in the image of GOD.”
Now whether or not Johnny understands the full scope of that Big Truth at that moment in time is somewhat irrelevant. The main thing is – you need to expose him to it many, many times. As he grows up, it will become a part of how he thinks. A natural part of the fabric of his life. And because it is a Big TRUTH, it will change him and set him free.
Can you think of some other Big Truths that are important to teach children while they are young?