I had a car full o’kids today. We were running errands. For a time I was able to listen to their music, but after a while I cried, “Uncle,” and put my music on. I have my own playlist on the car iPod and I switched it over. The volume gets turned down because nobody likes my music except, oh, me! But nobody is listening to it anyway. So they were all chattering away and I was listening to my music as we ran our errands. The last of which was to pass through Chick-fil-a for lunch. I turned the music off to take orders and then give the order to the name-less, face-less screen at the drive through.
I passed out drinks, took the bag of chicken and fries from the kind lady at the window and drove away. Then I turned the music back on. As the song hit their ears, I heard LightBoy say, “This sounds like a song from Bible school.” So I listened in to the conversation that ensued.Â The players were the FlamingLambs1, 2 and 3, LightBoy and LightGirl.Â The song is entitled “Call Him Good” by Sandra McCracken.Â It’s heavy on the chorus which is sung “Call Him good my soul” in harmony.Â It’s really beautiful and vaguely Celtic, which is probably why it sings into my soul so deeply.Â But the conversation around the song was interesting.Â The kids weren’t buying it.
To them it sounded like a garden variety “church” song.Â They’ve become cynical.Â It was for “Bible” camp.Â “We went to one of those one time.”Â “Yeah, we go to that when we visit my Grammy,” replied one FlamingLamb.Â The highlight seemed to be the candy.Â They definitely associated the Bible and the education involved with church and rules … but the weird thing was that God and Jesus never entered the conversation.Â Huh?Â Now we’ve all been out of church proper for several months, and out of the institutional church for a couple of years, but they’d all done some serious time in Children’s Church and Sunday School before we left.Â So this omission surprised me.Â Despite all the good teaching and heartfelt teachers, they’d missed the main point.
Which begs the question, just what good is all that children’s ministry anyway?Â I think I prefer the simplicity of the formula given by Deuteronomy 6 …
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.Â Â Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.Â These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.Â Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.