Positive Impacts of Early Christian Education in Children
DON’T TURN THEM AWAY!
(Family and Christian Education)
As I reminisce the calculated thoughts of adult leaders, I am reminded that most adults judge from their own experiences or observations. The educational system rely on a series of tangible evaluations to determine the validity of a child's knowledge and behaviors. However, when it come to a child’s creditability (knowledge, comprehension, and application) of his/her Faith - and relationship with Jesus, some adults / leaders respond casually to substantiate his own authority in luau of the child’s age, limited knowledge of the child's Christian Education family history / worship practices or the assumed Christian Education level of the child.
The times we are living in today mandated a rooted salvation and is imperative that children are introduced and taught to build a progressive- personal relationship with Jesus.
I ponder the question: “ How is it possible that some professionals agree that children’s cognitive and intellectual developments are enhanced through parental interactions during the prenatal stages (through voice/tone, touching - rubbing abdomen/ sensitivity, reading - language & vocabulary development) which creates advance comprehension and strong intellectual abilities in the unborn child, but when pertaining to spiritual matters ( such as the child’s sensitivity level & his/her courage to openly proclaim the Holy Spirit naming Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior) the child’s confession is denied? People are seeking affirmation all over the world. So much so that news reporters are sharing impacts from least to most. All great leader will tell you that their success was credited to their faith. It is very simple, the younger the child for commitment, greater the opportunities to utilize time for GREATNESS! Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Scientist and Educator, George Washington Carver – openly credits their faith as a youth.
– Why would a Christian Leader procrastinate and hinder the planting and growth of such life changing – Eternal Seed in a young innocence child – before corruption?
Children and Families are experiencing tragedies everyday. Many of these tragedies are sudden and seemly unbearable. Usually a Clergy or Group Counselors are assigned to offer comfort and grieving support by connecting them to a religious founder, psychologist, or an author of a bestselling grieving book.
He that worship God, must worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Know no man after the flesh, but after the spirit (2 Corinthians 5:16). Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:14). Let Him In (Revelation 3:20)
How can some Christians Leaders tell children to deny Christ now because you are to young in hope to embrace him later on when you are older? When their hearts and minds are no longer interested and temptation is so much great?
God, our Father, and His Son, Jesus – do not know man or children by their ages, but by their spirit and heart toward him. God knows the intents and motives of Man’s heart! Innocence – “unrehearsed” --- hearts of boys, girls, men, and women are what God desires to use. One should consider the nature of the child who is proclaiming Jesus? Humble, Peaceful, Arrogant, Disrespectful, and Violent? I agree that Christ forgives all…. But we must not fail to remember that God does communicate with any quiet, sensitive spirit who desire and love him. Don’t be mislead by individual personality types. When a child publicly acknowledges Jesus as his/her savior – it is serious and could be very detrimental if a leader responded outside the character of Christ with rejection.
I truly believe that the Holy Spirit knows all things. He has given “HIMSELF” as a conclusive gift to be utilized by everyone, regardless of age to successfully survive challenges and optical of life. In other words, adults characterize the teen years as being most challenging for teens when expectations are high and adversities overwhelming. It is during this period of life when teens face numerous private issues, who can they talk to when they are fearful and standing alone? Who will give them the strength and courage to speak out? To decide which group or situation to say “NO” to OR having the strength to expose wrong doers? At this point , to a child/teen - just knowing God (the person, or who they heard talked about in church) is not enough! They truly desire the need to talk to a friend, one whom they have a relationship with and above all, trust. – The God that was denied of him/her when their hearts were tender and receptive. Now that the teen has bonded with destructive peers, made some wrong choices to hide their pain – Now, everyone wants to gladly, forcefully, give him/her JESUS! How would Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr respond to this?
Question is : How might this tragedy been avoided if the spiritual leader had embraced the child’s confession and provided ongoing - nurtured - spiritual growth to he/she and his/her family?
I remember many years ago, when I owned a Christian Preschool where biblical teaching and devotion was part of our daily devotion. One of our children suddenly died due to a fatal hidden illness. This was our first experience to process this type of grief at a school of young children and I regretted having to greet and inform the children and parents the following day. I prayed to God for guidance in sharing such sad news effectively. As we began devotion, the Lord immediately gave me insight of how to handle this announcement. We followed our normal routine with our standard bible questions -with so much joy, excitement, and praise! That afternoon during pickup time, the children were anxious to share the news with their parents of the death of their friend/classmate. Parents rushed to me saying, “Ms. Wanda what is this about _______has gone up to heaven to be with God?” There were absolutely “NO Tear” through out the day from anyone! All the children played, ate, and slept as usual. They actually made our day joyous!
IT IS IMPORTANT, ESSENTIAL , URGENT– to give children prenatal and early childhood Christian Education at home first. Even if the child was born to unbelieving parents, it is still the authority and solvency of God to render prophetic callings as he pleases. Greatness and Prophetic Callings throughout the bible have always been initiated from prenatal and birth of leaders as children. God ordains the path and journey for those he will pour into.
Don’t turn children away or deny them the ownership for beginning a successful life's journey, ….. They are going to NEED JESUS!
FAMILY and CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
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