I had an interesting discussion with David yesterday morning. I’ve been reading a book about Pocahontas to the children in the morning. In the book, Pocahontas disobeys her father to warn some white men about an impending massacre.
David commented that he thought maybe she should have obeyed her father. He was surprised when I disagreed with him.
Here is what I said, “When an authority tells us to disobey God, then we should disobey the authority.”
I don’t think the children really understood that I hadn’t answered the specific situation. In the story, Pocahontas simply knew about the plan. She wasn’t asked to DO anything. She merely had the ability to stop the massacre. But even in our secular culture we recognize the responsibility a bystander holds in a crime.
The end result: Mommy is thinking through it all far longer than the children seem to be.