February 8, 2010 My Little Paul
I have tried to raise the kids to be balanced and free thinking while at the same time to raise them with an understanding of a Christian worldview. For example, during the 2008 election I explained who the two candidates were (their backgrounds) and let them choose who they wanted to win, before telling them who I was going to vote for. J-decided he wanted the current President to win, while A. choose McCain.
Currently in school, J. is learning about Islamic history. As part of his school we read this book. It is about a young boy in Egypt. He loves his camel and wants to know why they look so sad. After talking with his father, he prays to Allah to help his camel pet feel more proud. The next morning he wakes to see his camel standing proudly, and realizes that Allah has revealed his hundredth name to him, something no man can know.
J. being curious, as all children are, asked me what I thought the hundredth name was. After talking more about what Muslims believe, he says, “I think it’s Jesus.”
This reminded me of Paul in the book of Acts. While staying in Athens, he speaks to the Greek people there. He shares with the people about some of the things he has noticed about their religious practices. He notes how they have an alter with the inscription, “TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.” Paul, goes on to explain how there is one God who created the world, and how we cannot contain him nor serve to please Him. Yet, God desires to have that relationship with us, and wants us to know him and seek him. (Acts 17:16-34)
I am always amazed at how J. thinks about God and theology on his own. He expresses, more than the others, a deep passion to know God more, and thinks about who he is all the time. I love how his little eight year old mind works