I wonder If Sunday School Is Destroying Our Kids

The Bible is not primarily a story about you!  It’s a Story about Jesus.  Check out this article from Belief’s of the Heart:

“Several years ago I met with a woman distraught by her son’s rejection of Christianity.

She said, “I did everything I could to raise him right. I taught him to be like the ‘heroes of faith,’ with the faithfulness of Abraham, the goodness of Joseph, the pure heart of David, and the obedience of Esther.”

She wondered why he rejected Christianity.

I wondered why it took him so long.

Here is how we destroy the gospel message

Look at almost any Sunday school curriculum. You’ll find:

  • Abraham was faithful, and God made him the father of a nation. So be faithful like Abraham.
  • Joseph was a good little boy (unlike his “bad” brothers), and God made him Prime Minister of Egypt. So be good like Joseph.
  • David had a pure heart (unlike his brothers), and God made him King of Israel. So have a pure heart like David.
  • Esther was an obedient girl. God made her Queen of Persia and she saved God’s people. So be obedient like Esther.
  • Finally, if we fail to be good, Jesus will forgive us (a “P.S.” tacked onto the end).

What’s so bad about these Sunday school lessons?

Nothing really. Except that they lie about God, they lie about these “heroes of the faith,” they lie about the Bible, and they lie about the gospel….”
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Posted on July 30, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Hi,

    Thanks for reporting this. I’m honored.


  2. Yes, what an excellent point! Often times, too, the Biblical accounts are told as stories instead of as history, and as indicated above, kids are hearing a story with a moral lesson. Thank you so much for posting this!! And thank you, Sam, for writing it! 🙂

    • Great point. I use the word, Story, a lot. Yet we can never forget that they are historical accounts of God acting in real history to save his people and ultimately point them to His Son, the Rescuer.

  3. In my circle of Christians, I find that teachers vary within a church so much that it makes a family very tempted to just attend worship and skip Sunday school. For instance, my daughter has five children ranging from 17 to 3. Not all of the Sunday school teachers are good, two of them are a total waste of time. In fact, they tend to “undo” character training developed in the home throughout the week. My daughter also homeschools using a very good curriculum that has a very good Bible curriculum included in the video program. S.S. is actually not benefiting the family and they made the decision to stop S.S. but keep the teen programs. They do not even utilize the church nursery where children bite, are rude, and the nursery workers allow children to be unruly. It may not be the crlm as much as the teacher who is merely filling a vacancy instead of looking at the potential that can be packed into 45 minutes on Sunday morning. Just my opinion.

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