Justice-Seeking: Follow the crowd or follow God?
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong.
Going along with the crowd is a temptation for adults as well as children. It may not be something like robbing a bank, but adults can go along with the crowd and do things like drink, gamble, or gossip. Living a holy life can make us stand out from our neighbors or coworkers, and often it is not appreciated. But the Bible tells us that we should ”Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us” (1 Peter 2:12).
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What’s the name of the Reptarium Rockets rival?
A. Marshland Marauders.
Q. What’s the name of the Reptarium mascot?
A. Rocky Rocket.
Q. What do the Marshland Marauders fans do at Reptarium Middle School?
A. Spray paint signs on the Reptarium school building and grounds.
Q. What does Spike invite Liz to do?
A. Join a group led by Rocky Rocket to steal a Marshland School statue.
Q. Why does Liz do it even though he knows it’s wrong?
A. Because he wants to be included in the popular group.
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.
Why is it a bad idea to go along with the group? Is it ever okay?
The memory verse says it all – it is a bad idea to go along with the group when they are doing wrong. And how do you know if it is wrong? You ask yourself the questions—Does it honor God? Is it loving toward others? Of course the reason why going along with the group can be so tempting is our desire to be accepted by the group. We want them to accept us. We don’t want to look foolish by refusing to go along with their plans or actions. But going along with the group can make us look foolish. It can dishonor God. One person in the Bible who chose to follow God rather than the crowd was Daniel. Read his story in Daniel 1-3, 6.