I received an email that touched a bit of a nerve. Commenting on the pictures of our recent Shabbat gathering, my emailer lamented that the fellowship/group she gathers with has few children which are not much appreciated. Among other things on the blog that struck her, she enjoyed seeing so many happy little faces, and we have a bunch of them.
While I do not know her situation, I suspect it is much like a story I’ve heard multiple times from other fellowships: ‘Children don’t like to study, they are a distraction, too much noise, short attention spans, etc…’ In their haste to belly up to the table of Truth, they have forgotten the most important task they have: training the next generation.
I don’t really want to get on a soapbox, but I would remind all readers that the building block of a nation is family, and family includes children. Our Messiah said, ‘Let the little children come and forbid them not…’ We should go to great lengths to make our fellowships very family friendly. [The idea of ‘Sunday School’ and separating the children into a little groups is entirely contrary to Scripture and the Hebrew culture. Sunday School is a modern invention that dumbs down our little ones and fosters cliques and isolation…. but, that is yet another soapbox.] Continue reading “Let the children (NOT!!) come unto me….”