Lectures While Running: Offended Christians

The latest conversation between my son and I while running.

Son: Today we had to read through a play, and while the others were reading, I read ahead in my part and saw that I had to use God’s name in vain. So, I was trying to figure out what to do. I wasn’t even listening to the other kids, I was so worried about it. I thought, well God will understand and I’ll just read it. But then I was like, no, I’m not supposed to use his name in vain. So when it came my turn to read, instead of saying it, I just said “oh” and went on reading the rest. I don’t think anyone even noticed.

Me: Excellent way of handling it. Many Christian kids would see that and raise their hand and make a whiny appeal to their teacher. “I can’t read this, I’m a Christian. Please take me out of this part.” I don’t like that. They make everyone else change so they can whine. They really aren’t troubled about not using God’s name in vain, they are more interested in getting attention.

I think the way you handled it was correct. Just figure out a way to quietly not do it and move on. Don’t make a scene. If more Christians approached offenses like that, we’d have a much better reputation.

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