Tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments. Psalm 78:6-7
Do bedtime stories really matter? I mean, does it make any difference in the life of your kids whether or not at the end of the day you take the time to read them a story? ISIS thinks so. Islamic State has recently published a guidebook instructing mothers to tell their children bedtime stories about–get this, martyrdom and heroic jihadists. When I read that, it made me shudder.
It’s great to teach your children about true heroes, and there are a lot of them in the Bible. And it’s true that there are many stories in the Bible that include violence. You’ll find a number of them in the book of Judges, which, incidentally, was at one stage of their lives, our kids’ favorite section of the Bible. But there’s a lot of difference between stories that elevate a person who stands up for what is right and those that glorify violence used to wipe out those who disagree with you. Almost every day you see in the news stories of ISIS using young children to carry out their violent acts. You don’t need me to list the atrocities. [Read more…]