So why isn’t it connecting with kids the way it used to?
The answer is not a matter of scriptural relevance. It’s a matter of connecting enough with a child’s heart to a point that the relevance becomes important to them! We can’t make the Bible more relevant to our lives. The truth within is transformational. However, we must consider creative ways to make sure that it is even heard.
Consider this illustration:
A scientist invented the cure for a fatal disease. Early on, the decision was made to package the pills in plastic neon bottles that would stand out among other medicine bottles. The scientist believed his medicine would change the world.
Simultaneously, A small town that happens to be surrounded by a wall has had an infestation of the disease to the point that all citizens inside are doomed to die. The town is closed off from the world.
OK, the story gets weird here, but the town only exists in black and white and can’t recognize anything in color. Just stay with me.
The scientist hears of the town and wants to help, but instead of changing the color of the bottles for fear that the value of the content might be diminished, he continues to hurl the neon bottles over the wall. The scientist increases the rate at which they catapult medicine bottles over the wall, but none are seen by the people inside. Eventually, to the dismay of the scientist, they all die.
Here are four parallel truths from this story:
Creative communication is critical to teaching of God’s Word. Look for ways to break in the culture of kids. Don’t be afraid to repackage the message to reveal its relevance in a child’s life.
It’s as important as getting the medicine for an incurable disease to those who need it.
Deliver it well.