Blind Faith or Faithful Blindness?

Usher: Hey Deak, do the people really  know who is teaching their children in Sunday School?

Deacon:  They assume a devoted christian I’m sure.

Usher: How can they be so sure Deak?  No inquiries?  No checking the curriculum?  Rarely do they even talk to the teacher.  They simply pick up their kids and thank the teacher for whatever they did, good or bad. 

Deacon: They’re sure the pastor has it all under control.

Usher:  A case of blind faith or faithful blindness?

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8 Responses to “Blind Faith or Faithful Blindness?”

  1. Daniel Says:

    uh-oh, it would seem you’ve found a slight drawback to the practice of trusting in a system of trickle-down accountability…. in the case of the sunday-school teacher, I think most folks are just glad to have someone watch their kids for an hour, free babysitters are hard to come by….

  2. Meg Says:

    I think it is interesting that we speculate on blog sites all over the internet, yet we are for the most part unwilling to actually question anyone face to face, because we will be considered eccentric at best, or a troublemaker at worst. Nobody wants to disrupt the apparently smooth running status quo.

    People often assume that if there is somebody in charge, they don’t have to take responsibility for what happens.

    I think with the amount of corruption which has occurred in churches around the world over the last 30 years or so, every one of us is responsible not just for who looks after our kids, but for who stands up in a position of ‘authority’ at church.

    Paul urges us to check everything we are told against scripture, but I think alot of us are not willing to go that far. We figure the guy who runs the place is trained in a theological college so he must know what he is doing. That actually places a huge responsibility on the guy in front, and in fact exposes him to pressures he shouldn’t have to face on his own.

    Those pressures then cause him to look for quick fix solutions and often he succumbs to temptations like financial fraud, or other types of corruption. Not excusing this behaviour, just looking at explanations.

    We have to take charge of our own lives, and not just expect somebody else to be responsible for our own spiritual maturity.

  3. Sephie Says:

    Some churches do background checks on their Sunday School teachers, youth group leaders, and anyone else who works with youth. Background checks are often $20.00 or less, and they are worth it! As for the content taught in Sunday School, it is a good idea if parents meet with the Sunday School teachers, to find out what their children are learning. Some parents choose not to do that. Oh well.

  4. Daniel Says:

    Sephie – I think you’re missing the point… Background checks may inform us whether or not someone is a sex-offender, but it certainly won’t tell you if someone is an authentic follower of Jesus… If our standard is simply that someone shouldn’t be a convicted felon to teach our children, then we are no different than a daycare… Furthermore, the whole concept of something like Sunday School rests on the assumption God is something that children learn in the same manner as their ABC’s, rather than the idea that Christ is actually “learned” when you see him lived out in the lives of people who truly KNOW Him…

    Sunday School, as well as every other kind of ‘position’ that exists within a church hierarchy, is something that gives us a false sense of security, because it relies on the basic assumption that spiritual oversight stems from the top down, and even though you may think it wise to meet the Sunday School teacher, you are still basing the majority of your trust in that person on the appointment of others, even if you supplement that with a five minute interview.

    I think the overall point of the post (if I may be so bold as to speak for a couple of buzzards…) is that we tend to rely on these institutional infrascructures in order to avoid the work of really getting to know each and every person that we engage with as a part of the Body of Christ. We typically don’t ask about a person’s testimony when we first meet them, if they have the right “credentials”, then that’s good enough…

    In the end, there is a massive lack of discernment amongst those who are accustomed to relying on the traditional church system to tell them which people are being good examples of what it means to be a follower of Christ….

  5. Sephie Says:

    Daniel,

    You made some very good points. I agree that is a good idea for parents to get to know their children’s Sunday school teachers, youth group leaders, etc.

  6. Daniel Says:

    Or maybe such things as “sunday school teachers” or “youth leaders” are themselves concepts that are derived from modern educational systems, rather than anything we see in the pages of scripture…. The early church did not segregate the family of God based on things like age, or interests, etc. Like a natural family, everyone was present, and involved, together as a group. Splitting the body up according to different types of “demographics” is a practice that owes more to marketing techniques, than the picture of the Kingdom we see exemplified in the bible….

  7. Getting There Says:

    I usually end up sitting at sunday school with my son.. You have given a really good post here and hopefully it has made people more aware of who they trust…

    I think parents should spend more time in teaching their children than relying on the church too though.. the foundation starts at home…

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