What if you’re teaching apologetics to kindergartners and you don’t know the answers?
If you are familiar with Southern Baptist churches then you know we Southern Baptists love our potlucks and our committees. Love might be an understatement.
There is a compulsion to form a committee for virtually anything and everything. We may or may not form committees for our potlucks.
I, being Worship Leader and dedicated member in good standing somehow end up on several of these committees.What if you're teaching apologetics to kids and you don't know the answers? Click To Tweet
Help Wanted: Sunday School Teachers
During one committee meeting involving Sunday School (but alas no potluck), I presented my case that we should divide our children’s Sunday School classes into more developmentally appropriate age groups.
Evidently, I was very persuasive and found myself in charge of finding teachers for the new classes.
Cliche #1: If you want something done, ask a busy person.
Do you know how difficult it is to find Sunday School teachers in a small country church? It’s worse than trying to find a needle in a haystack! Fast forward a few weeks, and I still needed one more teacher.
So I found myself saying “I will just teach them myself.” Our praise team practices on Sunday mornings before church. I’m the Worship Leader. And now I’m the Sunday School teacher for kindergarten and first grade.
Cliche #2: If you want something done right, do it yourself.
Always be ready
I studied the Sunday School curriculum and found it lacking. So I decided to develop my own. And where better to start than at the beginning, with creation, right?
I was prepared. My lesson plan was splayed with questions to encourage critical thinking, activities to incorporate Bible truths, and important facts that point to God as the Creator of a fine-tuned universe.
My four students were enthusiastic as they made water-color models of the world. As they worked, we discussed what they knew about the world in which we live.
Then, it was time for the Bible lesson.
To give an answer
All was going just as planned… until Lillie, a precocious five-year-old
Since I encourage students to ask questions while I’m teaching, I stopped
“What about the other planets? When did God create the solar system?”
My mind raced as I glanced up at the chart we had made on the board. Other planets weren’t on the chart. The solar system wasn’t on the chart.
“Well? What about them?”, she asked again.
I smiled as I realized two things. One, that I have a budding apologist in my class. And two, that I don’t have all the answers, even for five-year-old questions.
Cliche #3: You’re never too old to learn something new
To a kindergartner
I told Lillie that she had asked an excellent question, and that I needed to do some more studying before giving her an answer. I promised her that we would talk about it next Sunday. Knowing Lillie, she will not let me forget!
In case you’re wondering, my response to Lillie will be that I think God created the other planets and the solar system on Day 4, when He made the sun, moon, and stars.
I’m thankful for a little girl who’s full of questions. And I will encourage her to keep asking questions, even the hard ones that make her teacher spend Sunday afternoons searching for answers.
I’ve saved my favorite cliche for last.
Even a fish wouldn’t get into trouble if it kept its mouth shut.
But then, if I had kept my mouth shut, I wouldn’t have the blessing of teaching children like Lillie, who will know how to defend her faith.
But in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, ready at any time to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. 1 Peter 3:15 (CSB)
Did you know that about 75% of churched kids leave the faith after high school?
Even little kids have questions and want answers. We owe it to them to give honest ones. If you think you need to have all the answers before you begin, you will never begin. If you don’t know the answer, tell them you will research and get back to them.
If you’re looking for reading material to help you figure out how to talk with your kids about God, check out our review of Natasha Crain’s Talking with Your Kids about God.
What Do You Think?
What questions have kids asked you that you didn’t know how to answer? What did you tell them?