I love to tell stories, especially to kids (they will listen to the same one over and over…)
Lil’T was demanding a story and I was too tired to make something up, so I thought I’d retell David and Goliath. To me, it was a story of a small child standing up against injustice.
I told the story, leaving out the slicing of Goliath’s head.
I paused at the end, letting the impact of triumph over evil sink in.
“Mom, is it ok to kill people we don’t like?”
“But David did.”
“Umm, Goliath was really mean.”
“Is it ok to kill mean people?”
“No. umm, but Goliath would’ve killed David if David hadn’t killed him.”
“So, its ok to kill someone if they want to kill you?”
“Yeah, I guess so.”
Darn! I didn’t realize how many bible stories are all about killing the bad guys and their innocent children.