Justice-Seeking: Power of words
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
A fool’s lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.
What do you think of teasing? I guess it depends, doesn’t it? If you are the teaser it can seem like fun. You laugh, everyone else laughs. Everyone, that is, except the person being teased. They aren’t laughing. They probably don’t think it’s funny at all. Teasing can be hurtful. When we tease we are usually pointing at a weakness, or difference in the other person. These are probably things that are no fault of their own, things that they can’t do much about. But pointing it out and laughing about it is humiliating and unkind.
Often our teasing can be a cover up of our own insecurity. We want to gain the upper hand before others discover our own weakness, before they discover something about you that they can pick on.
Teasing is a form of bullying. It really doesn’t do anyone any good—not the teaser or the person being teased. And, it certainly doesn’t display the love, kindness, and humility that Jesus tells us characterizes those who are citizens of the kingdom. (See Matthew 5:3, 5, 7, 9.)
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Where were Liz and his friends going with the Reptile Guides?
A. Camp Wasteland.
Q. What did Scooter pack to take on the campout?
A. His teddy bear.
Q. What did Scooter tease Morrie about?
A. His fear of mountain lions.
Q. What name did Scooter use for Liz?
A. Chief Thunder Lizard.
Q. How did Scooter tease Spike?
A. By repeating everything Spike said.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
What’s wrong with teasing?
Read Colossians 3:12. Here Paul tells us to “clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, and humility.” Teasing cannot exist in the same place as these attributes. And why would we do this? Because we ourselves have experienced God’s compassion and kindness. Jesus himself is an example of humility. When we belong to God’s family, this is the way we behave---we are humble, we are compassionate, we are kind because that is what our father in heaven expects.