Do our children enjoy coming to church? This is a good question to ask and a very important one. This question gets a lot of attention in Christian circles everywhere. Our children’s programs must be fun and entertaining or children won’t want to come.
Are our children getting the message? Do they learn why Jesus came to earth, to suffer and die for their sins so they can have abundant light through believing in him?
If embedded in all the fun and games, we fail to teach them the real-life reasons they need to know about Jesus, they will drift away when they are old enough to decide for themselves whether they want to be a part of the body of Christ. If their reason for coming to church is for the fun and games, they will find that the world also offers them fun and games.
It grieves my spirit that I have seen so much entertainment at the expense of in-depth teaching in Christian church settings, especially for children and youth – and even for adults. I’ve seen at least one situation where it was obvious that the “teacher” didn’t teach the Bible because she didn’t want to bore here students with it. She just wanted them to have fun. I guess she figured they would learn what they needed to know about the Bible somewhere else. I want to know who was bored with the Bible in that situation, the children or the “teacher.”
If people who accept the responsibility to teach our children about Jesus fail to take it seriously, they may well be inoculating our children against ever taking Jesus seriously. We need to infect our Children with the love of Jesus, not inoculating them against it.