Tuesday, November 27, 2012

More Childlike Theology

My first grader was given a homework assignment the other day that involved making medals for her parents.  She was supposed to make custom awards based on what her parents do, like, etc. She chose to make a computer shaped medal for my husband because he is a software engineer. For me, she made a cross because I'm "going to be a pastor like Pastor Saleem and Reverend Purves." (Side note: I can't imagine two pastors I want to be more like when I grow up.)

Glo worked really hard on the medals and was really proud. She brought my cardboard cross medal to show me and there was a man in the middle of the cross labeled "God." God was floating, had a halo and was quite clearly frowning. I immediately went into concerned mother mode.  Why would my child place a frown on God's face? What sort of God have I taught her about that seems so unhappy?  I had failed as a parent and theologian.

I asked my daughter, "Why is God frowning? He looks grumpy."

"Mom. . . Jesus is nice and he loves us, but I'm pretty sure he wasn't smiling on the cross."

Schooled by a 6 year old.

Seminary is ruining me for the real world.

The medal now hangs proudly with my race medals to remind me of how my kids keep me humble.

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