By Wanda Parker
This past weekend I spent a lot of time thinking about, praying about all the faulty reasoning that is in the world – I won’t bother you with why this loomed over me this weekend :).
For instance take the welfare system, though I’m sure those who began it had the best of intentions, but in the end it has done so much harm. I would say it has done more harm than good from my experience with it but I have no statistical proof of that.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m passionate about caring for the needy. Our family has had at different times homeless people live with us until they could get back on their feet. Since graduating from college I have served the needy.
However, due to faulty reasoning what was meant for good ended up being bad. It looked good on paper but it didn’t work in reality.
In our KidTrek Training we teach that children will often have faulty reasoning because they don’t have all the information they need to make the right decision. This weekend as I pondered the faulty reasoning all around me I could easily excuse those who do not know The Triune God, because they don’t have all the information they need. However, I can find no excuse for those who call themselves committed followers of the Triune God.
WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH CHRISTIAN AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS?
Faulty reasoning can cause more harm than good in after school programs just as the welfare system has done.
Dr. David Dubois, professor and researcher,says that many faith based after school programs are hurting children because those running the program don’t have an understanding of child development.
There is the tendency to put quantity over quality. They are driven to work with as many kids as they can because there are so many hurting kids. But they don’t understand that those large numbers can do more harm to the kids than if the kids were never involved in a program.
Christians should be able to understand this. How did Jesus, God, minister? He did from time to time do things with the masses, then there were the disciples who followed Him around but the majority of them abandoned him (John 6:66), then there were the twelve but ultimately He spent most of His time with the three – Peter, James and John.
Why do we think we can do things better than God?
It is our faulty reasoning. Even though we have all the information we refuse to accept it. We are driven by too many other forces in our lives. When it comes down to it we we don’t trust the one we call our Savior enough to truly follow Him. To do as He did. Proverbs 3:5 Trust means we obey even when we don’t fully understand. Trust means we look for what is best for those we serve – even if it isn’t what we want.
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