Justice-Seeking: Playing by the rules.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.
Cheating. We are all tempted to cheat at one time or another. We may want to get an answer for a test, or lie about our tax deductions, or win a contest. We want to win at something, anything. And what will we win? A “victor’s crown” in one form or another.
We can tell stories of many people in public life who cheat. Sometimes it seems that their cheating is worth it. But there is a Judge who is not fooled by cheaters. God may let us get away with our cheating for a while, but eventually we will be accountable. The Bible tells us that God disciplines us for our good (Psalm 94: 12, Hebrews 12: 6, 10).
Holding us accountable is actually an act of love.
When we cheat, we are not following the rules. And when we don’t follow the rules, we may win but the crown we receive is quickly tarnished.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What’s bothering Scooter?
A. No one takes him seriously.
Q. How does he intend to make Liz take him seriously?
A. By defeating Liz in the go-cart race.
Q. Who helps Scooter get his go-kart ready for the race?
A. Scooter’s Uncle Pip.
Q. What does Liz do about Scooter’s bragging?
A. He works out a plan with Spike to sabotage Scooter’s go-kart so he won’t win.
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 is wrong with cheating?
The Great Commandment (Matthew 22: 37-39) tells us that we are to love God and love others. When we cheat, we are not loving God, honoring him and trusting him for the things that we need. When we cheat, we are not loving others. Instead we are taking for ourselves what belongs to someone else—whether that be money or reputation. We may be winning but God and others are losing, and that is not loving.