My six-year-old son recently followed up his profession of faith with baptism. It was a wonderful time of celebration we hope he always remembers.
Two days later, our family was in the car and we heard on the radio that over twenty people had been arrested in China that same Sunday for attending a baptism service.
My husband and I sat in silence for a minute before I looked at him and said, “Those people were arrested; David got gifts.”
I’ve been thinking about it since then.
As I make him sit down to write thank you notes for the gifts he got, I think about it. As he “baptizes” his little brother in the swimming pool, I think about it.
I want him to remember the day, remember the gifts, remember going to McDonald’s for lunch, remember all the people in our church family who clapped for him when he came up out of the water. But I also want him to remember not everyone gets gifts, lunch at McDonald’s, and loud celebrations with their church families.
I want him to have a biblical world view that not only focuses on “biblical,” but also on “world.”
When we wake up on Sunday morning and our biggest worry is choosing an outfit, I want him to know others prepare to go to church by traveling far distances or meeting in underground churches. They don’t ask, “Which Bible do you want to take today?” because some people groups don’t even have the entire Bible in their native languages.
I want to teach him about the struggles of his brothers and sisters who live in places that are hostile to the gospel. I want to teach him so he is prepared in case he ever lives in a hostile area.
I don’t have the answers. I just start where he is, with what I think he can grasp. We are thankful for the freedoms and privileges we have, while remembering the gospel is true even without them.
How are you teaching your sons about the plight of Christians in other countries?
Don’t forget to head over to the first post in our new MOB Society book club! We’re reading together through Give them Grace: Dazzling Your Children with the Love of Jesus.