I just read this article from youthworker.com about the importance of teaching our kids to know what the Bible actually says – not what we would like it to say. It’s tempting to sometimes soften the message for younger groups. We may rationalize that they’re too young to handle the sharp edges of Scripture… The article offers the examples of John and David as a couple exhibits of the danger this presents. I wonder, what is the damage being done? Are they subtly learning to twist Scripture to make it say what they want it to say?
If you teach – teach the truth.
If you teach kids – teach them how to handle the truth even when it’s uncomfortable.