I have throughly enjoyed the conversation on this blog lately. It has spoken to some of my innermost questions and has been encouraging because I realize that there are many others with the same questions and struggles that I have. I admire and respect all of the comments made, and so therefore, I'd like to post a situation that I came across tonight.
I have been meeting with a Korean friend for about a year to help with her english. It came about through my church, and her and I and our families have created a deep friendship. We have had conversations about politics, faith, why Americans are the way we are, what her culture is like etc. I've learned so much from her and my hope is that she will realize that not all americans are what she thinks.
Tonight we went to a fair in town. Her daughter, 4 years old, wanted to get a free face painting. Well the face painting was free after she heard a bible story. I thought, this could be bad. So I tried to listen in on some of it, and my friend did too a little bit. I wanted to grab her daughter and pull her out of there. The face painting girl started out telling her about God and heaven and how heaven is full of gold streets. I didn't hear some of it but basically at the end the girl was telling this four year that she was a sinner and that she needs to ask Jesus in to her heart in order to go to heaven. She then asked the four year to ask Jesus into her heart right there! I was so angry. Hannah's face looked so sad, like she had done something wrong after saying no to that question. This is really the first time Hannah had heard any of this.
My conservative background says that this is the way you do it. But my emerging faith screams otherwise. I'm not saying that the things she said aren't important. But I just think it was so inappropriate to tell a four year old and I felt like it was just so they could say, "We preached the gospel to x amount of kids this year at the fair and x amount asked Jesus into their heart"
My friend asked if this was a Christian organization and I said yes. I told her that I thought what she said to Hannah was inappropriate and if Hannah asks them any questions, which I know she will, to please feel free to come talk with me. Hannah was so sad after that and thought her face painting looked bad. I don't blame her.
It felt wierd to be angry about the situation, as it contradicted the church background I grew up in and I found that I tried to convince myself that what the girl did was a good thing. But in the end I couldn't shake it, and still can't, I'm mad about it.
Labels: children, Church, Theology