Did you ever own a weeble? You could sock ‘em. You could rock ‘em. You could lay them out flat—but only for an instant. No matter what hit them, they bounced right back up straight again. Are you teaching your kids to be weebles-for-Christ?
What do I mean by weebles-for-Christ? Let’s take a look at a couple of the factors that make a weeble a weeble.
According to Wikipedia, the overall shape must have constant positive curvature. Let’s translate that into faith talk. Is the faith of your kids so strong, so constant, so positive that it can withstand blows from classes on evolution, promiscuity, homosexuality, Islam? Can it withstand sexting that arrives on their cell phones, jeering by other kids, a feeling of being left out? If so, congratulations! You are raising a weeble-for-Christ!
Another quality of a weeble is it must have only one position in which it can achieve stable mechanical equilibrium. In other words, there is one place where a weeble stands solidly and with confidence. The Bible calls that “standing firm.” To do that requires a reliable foundation. “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24). Are your kids putting Jesus’ words into practice? If so, congratulations! You are raising a weeble-for-Christ!
“So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic’” (Isaiah 28:16).
Ah, did you read that Bible passage carefully? It doesn’t say your kids will never be tested. It doesn’t declare that their faith will put them in a bubble, and no temptations will ever assail them. They will hear the scientific reasons for rejecting the stand that God created the world, and those same scientific reasons that attribute it all to the Big Bang and evolution. And they will wonder which “faith” is right. Their faith in God may wobble. They will see others having sex before marriage, and wonder why they should wait. They will be socked and rocked. Their faith may wobble. But God says, “the one who relies on it [his sure foundation] will never be stricken with panic.” They will find their stable equilibrium.
“. . .how much more those who live in houses of clay, whose foundations are in the dust, who are crushed more readily than a moth!” (Job 4:19). The kids who do not have the foundation, the firm reliance on the word and the power of God, are described in that passage from Job. Maybe that might give your kids the incentive to tell their friends who are not weebles-for-Christ about the love of God—the reason they do what they do.
My blogs previously were located on my website DibsOnYourKids.com but seemed to be getting lost in the shuffle. Therefore, I’ve started this new stand-alone blog that I call “God’s Path for Kids.” It will contain the same news as the previous blogs The Pipers’ Paths and Standing Firm did, beginning with my first post here on April 15, 2017. You can find all my previous posts back on the other website.