God's Lesson Plan
One day I shared with a coworker how my Sunday School lessons were going. When I mentioned that I had just taught on Sodom and Gomorrah, this coworker was taken aback and asked what ages I taught. This person was shocked to realize that I had without hesitation taught about the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah to a nine-year old. I paused to think about it, and I realized that the manner in which I taught it was completely appropriate in that I did not address in any way the sexual sins of the Sodomites but instead dealt with the theme of God judging the wicked. People today seem afraid to talk about the blood of Jesus, the condemnation of sin, and even hell. Yet, these are important concepts that must be taught to the next generation, or we may stand guilty before an Almighty God for failing to warn people of the consequences to sin.
Pushing Through Slumps
How Should Christians Respond to the Supreme Court's Decision on Same-Sex Marriage?
On Friday June 26th, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that according to the Fourteenth Amendment, same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. This decision came with a vote of 5 to 4, with strong dissents by the minority Justices calling the majority's decision out-of-line, arrogant, and not founded by a sound interpretation of the Constitution (read the majority and minority comments here). Advocates of same-sex marriage celebrated by waving rainbow flags before the courthouse. In the eyes of the majority Justices and supporters of the cause, love, equality, and dignity have triumphed.
Melissa Beaty. Writer, Sunday School Teacher, and Born-Again Believer.