So, Arleigh read my blog yesterday and informed me that I had it all wrong. That’s not usual and the more correct thing was that I had parts wrong.
So that session at PCTC…my kids walked out of it. Yikes. They were perfectly okay with leaving. In fact, if what was being said was being said I’m totally okay with the irreverent behavior.
My kids and I don’t always agree. Sometimes I’m pretty sure when I’m discussing situational awareness… as I must because we are a military family…they think I’m racially profiling. I know not everyone is a terrorist or a kidnapper. In the same way my mother warned me about white vans, I try to make sure my children are aware of the horrible things that they should be wary of. Basically my world view as a mother is very different than the world view of a person growing up today. I don’t envy them. It’s hard to consolidate your belief’s with social aspects of our world.
In this session the leader started with the “villains of the Bible.” His list…
- Tax collectors
- Adulteresses (the woman at the well)
You get the idea. First… I never read the story about the Samaritan and thought that was the “villain.” I understood that tax collectors are corrupt. Adulteresses… that was a bad choice back in the day. I don’t think ever when I read about an adulteress did I think “villain.” Maybe it’s because I’ve been studying the Old Testament a lot lately but on a sliding scale of villains, this list wouldn’t have made my top list for their villainy.
Moving on… the session leader asked who are the “villains of today?” When someone answered “terrorist” he wrote “all Muslims.” Wait. What?
This isn’t the reason they left. There is so much more to this story. Here’s is what I want you to know about all this.
My children are learning to react through love. They are learning to not react in judgement. I appreciate this session not because my children gained so much from it. I appreciate it because it’s encouraged all of us to go back and study Jesus’ reaction to people. Hopefully the more we study it, the more we will mirror him.
The other interesting conversation that came out of this is this question. “Are our perceptions of Jesus’ reaction the same?” If not, what is tainting that perception?