>I would like to do something where I can actively involve the kids. Hurting someone, although not always intentional is easy,
>saying sorry and forgiving is the difficult part.
There is a popular slogan being marketed by Atheists that says, "Be Good For Goodness Sake."
It seems like a no-brainer statement--a good thing. However, apart from the Holy
Spirit and his controlling force, goodness is only a concept.
If we are not accountable to Holy God, then who says we should be good? and why? Who decides this standard? Why not get all you can
now? regardless of who is hurt by your actions. If there's no standard, other than human standards, then why be good? You
might even hear we should be good because this works best in nature. But if
this is the case, then animals teach us survival of the fittest, only the strongest
survive, eat others so you won't be eaten! The
irony for Atheists is that they see value in being good. But why? Says
who? Why do they value goodness? What makes goodness and good thing?
Good exists because of God--he alone is good (Mark 10:18). Apart from the New Nature (2 Corinthians 5:17), being Christ-like is only a
concept. God's children are the salt of the earth that preserves the
world--the light of the world that shines His light into dark places. With this in mind, regarding your class, the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
(Matthew 18:23-34) comes to mind. Have your kids write skits to act out the parable or draw it, then discuss how it applies to their lives, their behaviors, God's judgment and their awareness of what God has done for them--dying on the cross to forgive them--likewise, they are to forgive others as they have been forgiven. Don't
forget to videotape them if they act it out!
Sarah Keith <><