Preschool, a Jesus doll and making idols

Not sure what I think about this: Huntley preschool has Messiah on the move.

I’m just not sold on the idea of embodying Jesus in a doll. Does it give children the wrong idea of who or what Jesus is? I love the idea of sending a doll around the country though, it’s a great way for the kids to learn. I also know Jesus’ omnipresence is a hard concept to grasp so I understand the need to try to put Him in a box. But, that will be all the harder to “undo” as the children get older. Beth Moore once said in her Believing God Bible study, “If you send your children to [a Christian] school to learn a little something about God, they might learn that God is a little something.” My point is, no matter where your children are being educated, be sure you are involved so that you can be involved in their education and their spiritual growth.

Our Bible study discussion was derailed the past couple weeks as we discussed a tangent on idols. Even as Christians we tend to make idols of seemingly good things, such as Jesus dolls, the Bible or becoming like Christ. We have this tendency because our human nature wants to be in control. We obsess about, “what can I do?” and end up in a self-help mentality instead of focusing on Jesus has already done for us. If we rely on our knowledge, our action, ourselves, we lose the necessity of Christ in our lives. Our goal instead should be simply to know God and let him do the rest. Strive to be yourself, who God created you to be, in Christ Jesus.

“And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” John 5:37-40

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