God gets a pretty bad rap in our culture, doesn’t he? People love to cherry-pick portions of the Bible to paint a very bad picture of our God. How can we help our kids understand who God is?
Well, there are two aspects of God’s character that are especially misunderstood: his mercy and his justice. These attributes are opposite ends of the divine pendulum. If we don’t understand them, we don’t understand who God is. And neither do are kids.
We must properly comprehend these parts of God’s character if we want to prevent our kids from falling for the mischaracterizations of God that abound in our culture.
In the episode 34 of CHRISTIAN PARENT/CRAZY WORLD, I take you through a tour of literature that ends in a fascinating story from a world-renowned theologian in order to unpack these beautiful attributes of God. Our Creator is passionately concerned about justice, but he is equally if not more concerned about mercy. Time and time and time again we see that God forgoes justice and gives mercy. Mercy literally runs through God’s veins.
But God does not force his mercy upon us. If we don’t choose to receive God’s mercy, we will receive his justice. We must teach our kids that God is merciful and He is just. How he interacts with us is up to us. So, we must teach our kids to choose wisely.
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Episode 31: Why Does the Bible Say… Fill in the Blank?
Episode 32: How Can Parents Deal with the Difficult Parts of Scripture?
Episode 33: Is the God of the Old Testament a Monster?
Summary for the Merchant of Venice
“Holiness and Justice” by Dr. R. C. Sproul
Genesis 16:1-16 (Story of Hagar)
Catherine Segars is an award-winning actress and playwright — turned stay-at-home-mother—turned author, podcaster, speaker and blogger. She is dedicated to helping parents be a godly example for their kids in an ungodly world.
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