September 27, 2007

Children in Church

People without children, or people for whom caring for children is a distant memory, are susceptible to having less-than-healthy attitudes about children in church. I'd rather have them in church, even if their parents have not taught them to be well behaved. I also am more than hesitant to say something that might make those parents think they are not welcome. Better to put up with some noise, or replace something that is mistreated, than to forbid the little ones from coming to Jesus. So, this little quote from Pastor Weedon's sermon for St. Michael's day struck me:

And so when you see a child in church, you mustn’t think poorly of them – no matter how noisy and squirmy they may be. You must learn to see them as God sees them, as so precious and important to the King of heaven that to each one has been assigned a big, burly heavenly body and soul guard.
You can read the whole thing here.

2 comments:

Dan @ Necessary Roughness said...

Pastor,

Kids in church is one of my soapbox issues. We decided to leave one congregation because they had decided to hold Sunday school at the same time as worship. They complained about the noise, I offered to put money towards FM receivers, but it was no good. One parent had to stay with the kids while the other was in worship. It was not cool.

Now we are in another congregation, and things are a little better. It helps that the kids are a little older and my younger daughter's autism is a little more manageable.

Rev. Christopher S. Esget said...

God bless you for sticking it out; I'm glad you found a church that will allow you to receive the LORD's gifts together as a family.

I am saddened to think of what these children are learning, or not learning, by not being in the Divine Service. My earliest memories were formed by the church.