This past Sunday evening, driving to hear one children’s choir, Faith Mennonite Chorale, give their final program for this school year, I was listening to WITF fm. The show Snap Judgment featured a segment on human slavery, not the type we hear about so much right now. It was about the exploitation of children from Zambia. They came through Lancaster County a few years ago.
I saw another similar group at at a local church, I think it was called the “African Children’s’ Choir’. They put on a good ‘concert’ and asked for money for schools ‘back home’.
They even did a thing with the audience to really get them involved in shipping books back to the schools. Each person got a cardboard shipper that we placed a book inside and then did the 2 step process of sealing the package…to be mailed. I remember coming away from the whole experience thinking there was something weird. I wrote it off as just too touchy-feely for me, the who experiential bit of ‘your sending this to the children’
I’m not sure why I was just hearing this, as it seems it was ‘uncovered‘ several years ago.
An event a few weeks ago at school got me thinking about things we enjoy. When you consider 1 cor 13:6 what does Paul mean about rejoicing in wrong? How far can one â€œenjoy things that are wrongâ€? Where do lines get drawn when it comes to violence?
committing violence against people?
cheering the protagonist on as he/she kills their way out of a â€˜desperateâ€™ situation?
acting out violence against people in video game?
playing a part in violence against people?
A student brought in an airsoft gun that was given to another student to act out violence to another person. The metal â€˜toyâ€™ gun looked like a pocket-able handgun, and very bothersome to me, the orange tip was cut off and painted over black. This â€˜toyâ€™ was modified to make the play more realistic.
As I raise my children where do I draw my lines? Playing war games on-screen or simulated with plastic pellets or bits of paint? What about dodge ball? Can they play doctor? What if they want to play abortion clinic? Should I be concerned?
If I really believe we have been created in image of God (imago Dei) I need to have, and develop in my children, a deep respect for people and life. Now the hard part is how that gets translated to their minds and hearts.