By: Dr. Jacquelyn Simmons
Scripture: Behold, the days come, saith the LORD GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. In that day shall the fair virgins and the young men faint for thirst (Amos 8:11-13 KJV).
During summers, many churches sponsor what has been called “Vacation Bible Schools” with a supposed major focus on Biblical Studies for their children and other children who desire to attend, as well. During earlier times, the only biblical resources used by instructors was the Bible, God’s Holy Word, from which the studies were created and named.
In hindsight, this writer remembers the only Bibles in use were those by our instructors due to the scarcity of Bibles except for the large ones on display on the pulpit used only by the pastor of the church or other ministers. The pulpit also was labeled “off limits” to anyone who was not a minister. However, some churches and parents allow their children o play in pulpits as they do in parks and playgrounds. Whoa!
Now-a-days, some of God’s Bible school attendees, are being flooded with an avalanche of merchandised strange looking and acting creatures who do not look, perform, or dress as Biblical people during Biblical times. They look more like comic strip characters with unusually large heads and eyes whose bodies get smaller as they exit downward. Their activities are not Bible-centered, but are centered on activities during present times such as carnivals, circuses, fishing with modern equipment, etc., none of which are representative of Biblical times.
This writer does not understand why the modern trend in some areas is to develop games and other entertainment means in order to get our children’s attention long enough to teach them anything. That is ludicrous as well as abominable. Real life is not a game. It is not a giant puzzle nor composed of cartoons.
During my childhood days, most of our lesson ended with a life-understanding moral with the wrong persons being punished for whatever he/she did wrong. Now-a-days, wrong is glorified which trains God’s children to wrong, also.
God wants His children taught His Holy Word in a manner that when Bible school studies are completed, His children will be conscious of the acts of His Son, Jesus Christ, His beloved disciples and others which will resound in their minds and actions to the extent that their behaviors will improve in their homes, schools, and communities. They will know and practice His Word and teach others to do so as well.
My Friends, God wants His Bible schools’, administrators and teachers to return to the old landmarks set up by their predecessors and prepare His children to accept His gift of salvation given through His Son, Jesus Christ.
In our text for this message, God is expressing His anger due to the lack of concerns for the studying and performances of His Holy Word.
If you have noticed: the sins of teaching, training and adhering to it have become more and more prominent. My friends, teach our children God’s Holy Word from His Bible! Bible!! Bible!!!
P.S. God’s Bible Bookstores are closing throughout his land!!!!!!! Pray!