read with me

March 22, 2005 | 4 Comments

Macey turns three tomorrow. Due to schedules, she already had her birthday party. One of the presents we gave her was the NIrV Read With Me Bible.

As moral, upright Christian citizens should, we’ve been reading a few stories to her every day. So far, here’s some of the highlights, or perhaps lowlights, she has seen:

  • a couple of naked people frolicking in a garden who disobeyed by doing the one thing God had asked them not to do
  • a young man who killed his brother in a jealous rage
  • an old man who tied his son down on top of an altar and raised his knife to kill him as a sacrifice
  • a younger brother who deceived his own dad to steal his older brother’s blessing
  • a father who deceived a young man into marrying his older, uglier daughter rather than the younger prettier one he hoped for
  • a man who had two wives and loved one of them a whole lot more than the other
  • a father who loved his youngest son the most and showed favoritism by giving him a dandy jacket

Sherri and I have pretty much cringed or chuckled everytime we have storytime. Is this really the best thing to expose our precious little girl to? Should we wait until she is 14, 16, 18, or perhaps even 25, and ready to deal with these ugly stories? Or, do we hope that in all the ugliness, a greater beauty will be exposed? Even though explanations don’t fully make sense to her yet, do we hope that the truth of who she is, and what she was created for, will begin to connect with her soul through these stories?

Still wondering, but we’ll keep reading.

  • Gary

    The messiness of the Scriptures is truly beautiful…

  • That kind of thing pops into my mind every now and then with my own nephew. I don’t think you and Sherri have too much to fear though; I think most of the true “ugliness” forms from how parents interpret those stories to their kids, replacing true Biblical lessons with their own views on the world and fire-and-brimstone living. That Bible does make for an interesting storybook!

  • hedrick

    I’ll quote Don Mliier “it’s a wonder Christians didn’t throw away their Old Testaments years ago”.

  • that’s your best post ever john, sweet thoughts.