Pastor Chad’s Ink…

 

“Handing Down the Faith”

 

“My child, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, or lose heart…for the Lord disciplines those whom he loves… God is treating you as children; for what child is there whom a parent does not discipline? Moreover, we had human parents to discipline us, and we respected them. Should we not be even more willing to be subject to the Father of spirits and live?” (Hebrews 12:5b-9)

As Christians, one of the blessings of our identity and work on behalf of the Kingdom of God is having the opportunity for and acting upon legacy leaving.  For us that means handing down the faith, teaching those of the next generation the “things of God.”  We are in the season of Epiphany, which means “revelation, openness to seeing God at work, beholding ‘aha!’ moments of the Holy Spirit working in our midst.” We reflect again about how we can, through our church, be heralds or bearers of Christ for our children. 

Children’s minds go to places of routine, they see actions and various behaviors (from their peers and from adults), they wonder what they see on television or hear adults talking about, their minds are sponges that soak up the stimuli that we allow (and sometimes don’t allow) them to see, hear and understand.  I am not a parent, but I am a child of parents and I know that it took work for my parents to steer me to that which was good for me to witness, like allowing me or providing me the opportunity to step into steams of life-giving water.  This was in addition to those things outside of their control that I nevertheless saw and heard, not all of which was life giving water, but murky water at best.

How will we be the church for our children this year?  There will always be murky water around our children.  We hope that as the pandemic lifts, we can get back to a semblance of normality that will make handing down the faith easier again albeit sometimes in new ways.  This may look different.  I believe that we will not be able to “shed” screen-time or on-line technologies so quickly… and in fact, in many ways may continue to be useful and strong tools for Christian education and our witness of Christ. 

So, be thinking about what “modes” we can employ for the good ministry of Christian education.  It is legacy leaving.  Share your thoughts with me or a Council member.  We hope to “open school” through our church as well, some time and perhaps in a new way.  Thank you for your prayers and thoughtfulness for acting on your faith for this important legacy leaving.
 
Pastor Chad