I received this email...
On Easter weekend, at church, Avery was presented with the story of Christ, and he prayed a prayer for salvation. He talked with someone about this, and expressed his understanding of who Jesus is and what he did for us. He is listed at the church under my name, and they just called and told me this.
There is a class coming up that kids can attend with their parents. It’s called Kid Faith, and it gives an opportunity for the parents to know for sure that the kids understand their decision. Immediately following the class, the kids can be baptized.
It would be great if you and/or Nikki could come and attend with Avery. If not, I’d be happy to take him with us.
I was raised Methodist, so the whole "salvation" thing is a little different for me. But, it looks like my boy has prayed "the prayer." He's asked Jesus into his heart. If I thought he had the faintest idea as to what that means...I would be completely on board. But, I know the kid doesn't have a clue.
I've talked to him about his experience at church when he attends with family, and this is why the kid prayed "the prayer"...
1. His cousin did it, so why the hell, not! **note to self: teach the kid about peer pressure.**
2. They give you free shit at church. Bibles, toys, swords, hats...all kinds of shit. And we all know that kids love them some free shit!!
3. They compete to win prizes...my boy CANNOT resist any form of competition.
4. For the love of Christ...they have donuts at church, and donuts are delicious!!
So, I don't think he's quite ready to sign on the dotted line.
I know what you're gonna say..."He can learn morals and good things at church," "He will be surrounded by children being taught morals and good things," "It's such a good foundation," etc....
Hmmm, let me ponder my youth...
I remember the kids in my youth group. I specifically remember one trusted member of the group who paid me a visit in the summer of my 16th year. My parents were at work and he wanted to hang out...he was older, but was a good friend. We all trusted him. Upon arrival, he tried to sell me on giving him a little ole blow job. You know, for Jesus!
**Allright, I threw the whole "for Jesus" thing in there. He never once mentioned Jesus. You got my point, though, right?**
I informed my friend that I would most definitely NOT be fallating him and sent him on his fucking way.
I know that this was just one asshole out of plenty of good kids, but church youth groups are not immune to unethical behavior.
My point, and there is one, is that the MORALS, and GOOD THINGS, and the STRONG FOUNDATION that he might learn in church...he is MOST DEFINITELY learning at home, thankyouverymuch!
This email initiates the sheparding of my children to churches, by friends and family armed with good intentions. Where they will assuredly learn about faith, love, hope, and prayer, and, undoubtedly learn about fear, hypocrisy, superiority, and guilt...and possibly even a little about oral sex.
And so it begins, the uphill battle of trying to teach my children to think for themselves and make their own way in this world "with little regard for 'supposed to'," as Rassles so eloquently put it.
**I can only imagine how my mother will react to F-bombs, blow jobs, and Jesus...all in the same post!**
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I received this email...
Posted by Nikki B. at 5:00 AM