Kids ask questions.
A conversation in the 4th grade Kids Klub class yesterday evening went something like this:
Student: “What happens if you cuss in church?”
Teacher: “Have you ever heard anyone cuss at church?”
Teacher: “And did God strike them dead?”
Student: “So what is wrong with cussing? Why does God not like it?”
Teacher: “Well, let’s see what God says about it — Ephesians 4:29 ‘Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up…that it may give grace to those who hear.’ “
I might add…cussing is a rather huge problem (really a habit for many kids) we have to address in most of our programs, and unfortunately, it’s often reinforced at home by the foul language that parents use, or the television and music that kids are allowed to ingest. It’s also a heart issue, for “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” (Matt. 12:34) Until the heart has been transformed by Christ, our continual reminders to “keep it clean” aren’t going to fix the real problem.
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Another Student: “I don’t sin every day. There was a day when all I did was watch movies all day long, and I didn’t sin at all that day.”
Ah, there you have it, folks. Having a movie watching marathon is apparently the key to not sinning.