Yesterday Caleb attended a church service with his buddy.
“How was it?” I asked.
“Oh, it was okay,” he replied.
“Didcha learn anything?”
“Oh, not really. We learned a tedious dance and learned about the VBS that’s coming up?”
Jay and I started howling.
“A tedious dance?” I asked in between my laughter.
“Yeah….it was like the Five Dollar Foot Long Dance,” he replied.
What do YOU think? Would performing this dance make you, um, er….hungry for God?
Caleb further explained. The Five Dollar Foot Long Dance mini-lesson was part of a promotional teaser for the upcoming VBS.
He went on to tell us about the “kid’s service” he attended. Moms and dads go to the big sanctuary and the kiddos go to age segregated programs. The new church building will also have a restaurant and an area to make it look like Opryland, he told us. Throw in a few ferris wheels and elephants….
Woo-weeee! This Kingdom building takes a lot of work! And money too. But you know what? It just doesn’t make no never mind to me anymore. I am just so happy to be free of the system. Free of the obligations. Free of the goofiness of tedious dances, manipulative evangelism and personality driven services.
I especially delight in hearing my 11-year-old’s perspective on this because of the clarity with which he can see through all the nonsense. Don’t get me wrong…he has as much fun as the next kid at a VBS. But kids have a way of cutting to the chase in such a refreshing way.
But I think he sees through the ruse we’ve done in Christianity. As I build relationship with my kids and with my Father….it’s done through trials and good times…..honest dialog….transparency. I don’t want my kids to learn of me through what I write or the memories of other people….I want them to spend time with me and to engage in life together.
That’s where the real growth happens. Five Dollar Foot Long dances might be good for advertisement but it’s a pathetic portrayal of the rich invitation God gives us to live in relationship with him.
And you don’t have to learn any tedious dances!