I’ve just spent a good bit of time interacting with children who are not my own. It is heartbreaking in so many cases; I ask about stories they like and far too often they don’t know any. Imagine that! Little boys whose only concept of story is the plot of a video game after they’ve been encouraged to think about what has a beginning, middle, and end. Little girls who only know the plot of the latest princess movie. There are many kids who watch movies and television but never read books. I’ve had to tweak my teaching to include stories in many forms so that they see how ‘a story is a beginning, a middle, and an end’ applies to what God does with us, that incredible plotline of Redemption.
Communication depends upon common ground, being understood and understanding. The children I’ve been talking to were brought to church, but many don’t have a frame of reference for what church people are talking about because their homes are not places where the Bible is discussed during the day. Most of them are not asked questions during the week, and have no idea what they think outside of what gets electronically implanted in their mind and heart as a pacifier to keep them occupied
Amos prophesied years ago, “‘Behold, days are coming,’ declares the Lord GOD, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the LORD.” (Amos 8:11)
Just like we can become overweight and still undernourished, we can have abundance of things to occupy our mind and heart yet still starve emotionally and spiritually. This is scary stuff.