Listen to the Children
I will never forget a commercial I saw on television. It was a long time ago, and I still get irritated. The main line that was repeated over and over was, “Listen to the children.”
Oh, it was one of those environmental, tree-hugging commercials that had little kids instructing adults how to live their lives. One little girl would say something like, “Don’t make me starve,” while another little boy would go on about how eating at McDonald’s would ruin the earth’s water supply – or something like that.
Anyway, every time a toddler would voice her scripted opinion a deep, male voice would echo in response, “Listen…to the children.” Yes, adults should listen to a 5-year-old because of her years of accumulated wisdom untainted by experience.
What Do they Say?
If we to listen to the little crumbcrunchers long enough, we will hear things like:
- “I don’t want to eat that, Mommy! I want cake!” Listen…to the children.
- “I don’t want to take bath!” Listen…to the children.
- “If I was president, I would make everybody happy and would never have school and make parents buy every kid a unicorn and never have to go to bed and make the world like warm all the time with snow all year.” Listen…to the children.
- “O – ba – ma! O – ba – ma!” Listen…to the children echo their teachers.
AND did you know that children have figured out the whole gender (man/woman) thing? Believe it or not, according to the kids on my school bus, girls are smart, but boys are stupid. Here’s how they describe the difference:
Girls go to college to get more knowledge.
Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider.
Girls go to college, but boys go to Jupiter. Hmmm…may we ponder that for a moment?
- What type of intelligence was required to put man on the moon?
- What type of brain power was needed to land an un-manned rover on Mars?
- What kind of genius will it require to send man four times the distance to the sun in order to view up-close the deadly storms of Jupiter?
- Stupid boys can go to Jupiter while girls are still fighting over who should be sorority president – and who’s stupider?
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” I gather from this verse that it is therefore the responsibility of the older, wiser, more responsible parent to teach the child.
They should listen to us. But what are we teaching?