Last week at BAM (Bible and Music for kids), we started a new series called Star Quest. It’s a five-week series on who God is all tied around the theme verse of Psalm 47:7, “For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!”
As we look to see who God is, let’s take a moment to see how people answer the question of “who is God?” According to the National Study of Youth and Religion, most American young people believe …
- That a god exists, and that this being created the world and orders/watches over human life on earth.
- That this god wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other—as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.
- That the central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about yourself.
- That God does not need to be particularly involved in your life, except when you need God to resolve a problem.
- That good people go to heaven when they die.
- That church is just another thing on a list of things to do—it’s not where they enjoy their closest friendships.
These points can be summed up into something called Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. Moralistic meaning life is all about making right choices with the goal of being a good person. Therapeutic meaning God exists for our pleasure with the goal for us to find personal happiness. Deism meaning God is unknowable lawgiver who only gets involved if we need something.
Moralistic Therapeutic Deism puts the focus on us and makes God nothing more than a distant relative that lives out of state so you never met him, but you like him because he sends you a card filled with money on your birthday telling you to be good.
During Star Quest, and everything else that we do, we want our kids to turn away from the self-centered way we’re tempted to live, and to put Jesus at the center of their lives, rooted in him (Colossians 2:6-7)
Last week we started with God is eternal. Our kids discovered that God never changes. We saw how God told Moses that he is “I AM WHO I AM,” (Exodus 3:14) and how Jesus echoed that in John 8:58. God is the God of Abraham long ago, and the God of Moses, and he’s our God, too! In all that time, God has never changed, and he’ll never change in the future. We know God never changes and will be God forever. And we can live forever with God, than
ks to Jesus. For more information about following Jesus, click here.
Let me encourage you to help your family be rooted in Jesus. It doesn’t matter if things are good or things are bad—God stays the same! He never changes, so we can count on him in any and every situation. Help your family focus on Jesus. He is worthy of our praise!
Suggested reading: http://adam4d.com/mtd/