Thursday, December 29, 2005

Faith Like Little Children

The bible teaches us that Christians should have faith like little children. This often is turned into a play on words to drive home the point that we need to be "born again". For the record, I believe that people need a rebirth and I am not saying otherwise. I would however like to float out another thought about the faith of little children. Could the bible accually be saying that our faith should be like that of children? Mainsteam american evangalicals find such thoughts troubling becouse they commonly believe that little children can't have faith. They watch the kids growing up, waiting ever so nervously for them to reach an age were they can have "real faith". I'll share a story that got me thinking about all this. Last week Noah was sick with some sort of bug. He was pretty sick, with a fever and all. As Leah and I are getting out medicine and comforting him and worring about what we could do for him, John who is 3, comes up with a novel idea. John interupts our confusion and doctoring, to say "We should pray that God would help Noah feel better". Hmmm, Ok, why the heck is a 3 year old reminding me to pray. Its one of those time where you are so happy and proud of the boy, yet ashamed that you the grown up had to be reminded, by a 3 year old, to have faith like someone that was redeemed by the blood of Christ. Fast forward..... Noah gets better. Noah and John are playing together, Dad is reading a very important book on theology, Mom reading important book by Doug Wilson. John walks over with Noah to Mom and Dad. John says"We should pray and thank God for makin' Noah feel better". Perhaps the bible does teach we should have faith like little children.


At 12/29/2005 5:53 AM, Blogger tabitha said...

wow, that is quite a story! we have those moment in our household... they are so good for us.

i must also, as a triviality, say your 3 year old is quite verbally advanced! tristan, our 3.5 year old, is also, but i can't see him putting together both of those suggestions. anyway, not that it matters.

tabitha & co

At 12/29/2005 6:21 AM, Blogger Missouri Rev said...

I often wonder about the verse in Luke where Elizabeth proclaims that "the babe in my womb leaped for joy" when she heard the greeting of Mary (Luke 1:44). Faith, indeed, can be demonstrated at young ages. I recall the time when I was speaking at a 4th of July event and a lady approached my daughter Susan (then 3 years old) and in a rather syrupy, condescending way asked her if she knew who Jesus was. Her immediate emphatic response, He is the King! In the context of the event, it couldn’t have been said any better.

At 12/29/2005 7:08 AM, Blogger JFC said...

Sounds like somebody has corrupted that kid's mind with the notion that God is real. Wonder who that mighta' been?

At 12/29/2005 9:49 PM, Blogger KSmilkmaid said...

Guess that's why I love my little one's so much. They teach me so much and remind me to stay on track more than adults in my life. Precious.

At 12/30/2005 9:38 PM, Blogger Scott Holtzman said...

Wonderful living example of scriptural faith!

At 1/01/2006 12:22 PM, Blogger Walter Jeffries said...

Scott, we wish you happy New Years to you and your family from our family! -Walter in Vermont


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