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Jul 16, 2011

Expecting a Nice Christian Answer From Our Kids

From Brent

We were eating dinner when Abby asked "when is Mr. Johnny coming back?"

Mr. Johnny was our elderly neighbor who passed away a few weeks ago (read a funny post about him here). "Mr. Johnny is in heaven, Abby, we'll see him there when we go to heaven too."

"Dad..." Landis chimed in with a slightly puzzled look on his face. "Will I get to see Mr. Johnny?"

"Sure you will" I replied. "You're going to heaven right?" At this point my wife and I were all prepared for an answer that would make us smile from ear to ear... the result of years of devotionals, vacation Bible school, spiritual talks and Sunday's at church. Here's was our proud moment, a perfect inquiry to solicit the fruition of our consistent, effective, nurturing Christian parenting.

"No." No emotion, no expression. Just "no". No.

NO??? Back the truck up! No? What did Landis mean, "no"? Where had we gone wrong? What failure of Christian parenting had reared it's ugly head? Was SpideyLandis about to announce his impending atheism? Was he to join the annuls of the Prodigals? Our hearts sunk. Our minds darted about grasping for understanding, for reasons, for some shred of hope that our wayward son would return to the faith of his upbringing. As the old HeeHaw song laments (showing my age, huh?): "Gloom, despair and agony on me... aaaawwww....."

I gathered myself.

"Um, son, what do you mean 'NO'? You don't want to go to heaven? Why not?" My mind raced, lining up all the possible answers for his forthcoming rejection of God, the Bible, Christian, and all things faith.

"Cuz I'm not dead."

Well there you go. Duh.

11 comments:

Life-n-Reflection said...

Kids are so funny. Thanks for keeping our links up and going!

Faith said...

Ha, that's cute! ;)

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

:) he he he......

Anonymous said...

That was great!

Dene
TN

Anonymous said...

Now.... this was funny. Thanks for giving me a good laugh today. Because of Landis' answer, I guess you and Michelle can go back to "knowing" you are great Christian parents and are raising your kids right.

love and prayers
Ann Stegall
Wake Forest, NC

Holly said...

Kids are so much smarter than they are usually credited for :)

Alicia Madison said...

Kids always ask such questions about those who have passed away leaving us behind. When ever a child ask about any one who is not here with us it brings tears in our eyes but as soon as you give him an answer of his/her question he/she will make such an unintentional quote which suddenly brings smile on your face.

Penny said...

LOL My friend's son (a pastor's child, no less) started bawling one day. She asked him what was wrong and told her he didn't want to go to Heaven~ he wanted to stay with her and his Daddy. If I remember correctly, this came on the heels of a sermon his Daddy had given on salvation. The literal minds of four year olds! I love it~ maybe that's why I chose to teach Kindergarten. :)

whenpigsfly said...

Whata perfectly pratical response!!! And yes, WHEW, your Godly upbringing techniques and prayers are still actively at work in a very positive way!!!

ajnrileysmommy said...

hahaaa....hilARIOUS!!

Carol said...

"I'm not dead yet!"

So cute.