Kindergarten Christianity

August 2, 2008

I love kindergarteners! They are brutally honest and completely sincere; however, they can be a tad on the exhausting side. They want things their way and sometimes when they don’t get it, they become volatile. Sadly, some of us are no different. We want things our way or no way. We expect our prayers to be answered immediately. We balk at Scripture. We whine about doctrine. And when things don’t go our way, we stomp our feet, cross our arms, and pout. Sometimes we even quit. Have you ever been accused of being like that?

I Want

If you have kids (and they’re anything like mine), then you’ve probably heard this at least 15 times since you began reading this article. Kids are notorious for wanting things and they want anything and everything all the time! Too many times, we treat God in this way. We make our demands, then pout when we He doesn’t immediately grant our every desire. And when He exhibits His foreknowledge and answers our prayers His way, instead of ours, sometimes we get offended.

Right Now!

Have you ever been accused of having too much patience or ever heard of someone seeing a physiatrist because they had too much patience? Having too much patience has never been a problem of mine and I have a feeling that it’s not one of your problems either. Fortunately, for us, too much patience is an attribute of our Heavenly Father. He wants us to continually seek Him. He delights in hearing from us. We are told to pray without ceasing in I Thessalonians 5:17. Jesus gives us the illustration of the persistent woman in Luke 18. An open line of communication with God will keep us strong and pointed in the right direction.

My Way or the Highway!

Kindergarteners want things their way (selflessness isn’t a kindergarten word). They can, at times, be demanding and overbearing. If you don’t believe me, then you’ve never seen a classroom of 5 year olds line up to go to recess. The “me-first” problem is of epidemic proportions in Kindergarten.

As Christians, we should seek spiritual maturity with the help and guidance of our Lord and His Word. We should never be accused of whining, pouting, and or wanting things our way. If we will grasp the fact that Christianity is about Christ first, others second, and ourselves last, then we will grow into the people that God wants us to become and we will never be charged with practicing Kindergarten Christianity.

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6 Comments Add your own

  •    Matthew  |  August 3rd, 2008 at 8:46 pm     Reply

    Paula, funny thing, I was writing about you on my blog as you were making a comment too. I was a little sad about how you were treated and wanted to come to stand on your side. Not that you need me to, but you deserve the utmost amount of respect.

  •    Dale Sadler  |  August 4th, 2008 at 2:34 am     Reply

    Great points. It’s interesting to note the teachings of Jesus and how He wants us to be like children; innocent, honest, needful.

  •    AncientWanderer  |  August 4th, 2008 at 8:19 pm     Reply

    Glad to see you’re back to being blogprolific.

    Even though some think maturity comes first then salvation 😉

    Maturity is some thing that has to be WORKED at and WORKED out.

    Good Post.

  •    laymond  |  August 6th, 2008 at 2:42 pm     Reply

    I guess we are all kids at heart, that is why we want to see our Father so badly. Isn’t that what the bible says, we must become as little children?
    God bless you Paula

  •    Tammy Snyder  |  August 10th, 2008 at 10:17 pm     Reply

    My 3 sons have well passed the kindergarten stage but I remember it fondly! Those innocent day are what memories are made of. It is fun, though, to watch my kids now (12,13,15)going through each new challenge and weathering it remarkable well. I just hope I can teach them about God well enough that they grow up to be wonderful Christian men. I hope I can weather it well myself!
    Tammy Snyder

  •    preacherman  |  August 12th, 2008 at 3:12 pm     Reply

    I believe this is one best blogs that you have done! I pray God give you a wonderful week.

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