Boys Can Handle The Bible

Pic from Flickr by bat_cave.

Pic from Flickr by bat_cave.

I remember a conversation that I had with a parent who believes that kids should not hear a lot of the things in the Bible because they are too violent.

Some parents want to live in a Precious Moments world where everything is candy, rainbows, and unicorns. There are no swords, guns, battles, fights, and no one dies. Everything would not be awesome. In a Precious Moments world, you alienate boys.

Let me explain.

I have read too many articles on men disengaging from church. Men are checking out. Men think that our church services are too feminine and there is no reason for them to go to church. While some of that may be excuses, some of it might just be true.

We still need to engage men but let’s also start to engage boys now so that when they grow up to become men, they will be godly, gospel-centered, Jesus loving, church serving men.

Your boys can handle the violent parts of the Bible. Before you decide to push back, think about what your kids have already seen.

  • Batman beats the fool out of the bad guys.
  • Spiderman engaging in a fight, using his webbing on all the different bad guys he fights.
  • Transformers: Giant robots shooting and knocking parts off of each other. You did know that Optimus Prime carries a sword right?
  • The Hulk rips robots in half and most likely rips their head off. He rips planes from the sky and likes to pummel aliens.
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles engaging in epic battles against the foot clan. Did you notice they are ninjas?

The list goes on: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Superman, WWE, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, Football, Boxing, Ninjago….

Boys can handle:

  • The fact that David takes Goliath’s sword and uses it to cut his head off.
  • God’s judgement on Sodom and Gomorrah.
  • Animal sacrifices.
  • Beniah engages in battle with an Egyptian, snatches the spear from the Egyptian and kills him with his own spear.
  • In Noah’s story, God only saves eight people. Every other person in the world at that time drowned.
  • We are in a war against sin, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers over this present darkness, and the spiritual forces of evil.
  • The crucifixion of Jesus.

Boys especially, need to understand that Jesus is Savior, Redeemer, Shepherd and King. Before Jesus, animals had to die because their blood was an offering for forgiveness of sins. Jesus became the ultimate blood sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins.

Boys need to know about God’s wrath and judgement on sin. God poured out his wrath in the flood. God, by his grace, saved Noah. God judged Sodom and Gomorrah because of their sin. God, by his grace, save Lot and his family. David and Goliath is an awesome story because it show that we are cowards like the army of Israel. David is a type of Jesus. Jesus takes out your obstacle and cuts its head off so that it does not come back. Jesus fights our battles.

Boys need to hear what John Owen said, “Be killing sin or sin will be killing you.” You have to fight against sin. You can not be passive against sin. Sin is relentless and will not go easy on you. You have to kill sin as violently as it wants to kill you.

Boys can handle that.

It’s all in how you tell the story.

God put in the Bible exactly what he wanted. Everything in the Bible has a purpose. Everything in the Bible is there for our sanctification – our spiritual growth – conforming to the image of Jesus.

Do you know what is not in the Bible?

  • A world made out of candy.
  • Flying ponies.
  • Unicorns.

But there is a rainbow.

 

3 comments
JeremyLundmark
JeremyLundmark

This is funny because the issue of David and Goliath came up in Sunday School this week. I said "There's a reason I don't teach children." My CE director asked "Why's that." Big mistake. I said "Because, I'd send each kid home with a Rice Krispy Treat ball that was in the shape of Goliath's head." The teens in the class looked at me disturbed.

I said "What? You do realize he carried into the next battle and then brought to king Saul.. right?"

For my 9th, and 10th grade Bible classes I taught them about David going to get 200 Philistine foreskins to acquire Saul's daughter Michal. I also taught them about the Levite's concubine that the Benjamite's raped to death. 

People might look at me go "What's wrong with you?" I might look at them and say "It's the Bible... deal with it." You're point is so well put. Teens are watching Vampire Movies, Teen Wolf, and all sorts of sex/violence saturated tv shows. If that's what you want... the Bible is chalk full of it. And... it calls it what it is... sin. That's more than we can hope for in modern television shows.

scjarrell
scjarrell

Amen! Thanks Jimmy. Although we may not even understand all the violence and judgement and wrath displayed particularly in the Old Testament it is a testament in itself to the authenticity of the Bible. If the Bible were all candy and unicorns then I would find it harder to believe. If all the Apostles and Old Testament Heroes of the Faith were shining, heroic stars who never made a mistake then who could believe that?


The Bible doesn't hide the stuff that is hard to swallow - just ask Jonah! ;)

jimmyproulx
jimmyproulx moderator

@JeremyLundmark  I agree with you. With all of the vampire, zombie, teen wolf shows/movies that are virtually soft porn, I have not understood why people are amazed at what is in the Bible. I think for too long, we have tried as churches to deem what is appropriate and inappropriate. In reality, what I think we have done is not preached the full counsel of God.