Helping Kids View Difficult Topics Through the Lens of the Gospel
Let’s face it. Some of the stories in the Bible are hard to handle with kids. Violence abounds and punishment for sin is required. Topics ranging from adultery to murder are covered.
Early on in the lives of kids they are exposed to proverbial monsters in closets, movies with the death of a loved one, and loved ones who are very sick. Unfortunately, the church rarely gets to be the first to speak into these issues.
Now, I do want to advocate for an age-appropriate handling of each story in Scripture. It’s important that we consider age and cognitive ability as we teach. As we speak truth about both good and evil, both joyous and grievous occasions, here are 5 things that we want kids to understand:
1. The Bible is true, and it is relevant today and covers all that we might face in life, both good and bad. The Bible is not just some old piece of archaic literature; it is the living Word of God.
2. All that is evil points us to the only One who is good.
3. God is just, and requires punishment for sin. We sin, and the consequence of that sin is death. Through Jesus, we experience God’s ultimate lovingkindness, slowness to anger, and swiftness to show mercy. Because of God’s justice, Jesus was the only acceptable sacrifice for our sin.
4. Jesus is more powerful than anything we might face, and in the end, He will be victorious!
5. Jesus has dominion over all evil, so we don’t have to be afraid.
If you are using The Gospel Project for Kids with the recommended dates, you are probably finishing up the sessions on Jesus’ power over sickness, evil, and death. We hope God has given you many opportunities to have conversations with kids about difficult topics. Let us know about your experience with tough conversations by commenting below.
For more information on talking about tough topics, check out this blog.
Mary Wiley is a content editor for The Gospel Project for Kids. She leads kids and preschool at her church. She can normally be found with coffee in hand, loves collaboration, and is all about creative ideas and trying new things.