Once upon a time there was a couple who had four wonderful children. They listened when they were spoken to and did what their parents asked of them right away. They always picked up their toys and dirty laundry. They regularly helped make dinner for the family. After dinner they would sing songs while cleaning up and putting away all the dishes. What a charmed life this young family had. The family was so loving, and immensely enjoyed their time together-especially family movie nights. Because they all got along so well, there was really only one rule at their house: Don’t change the channel on the TV.
The children loved their parents, and the parents loved their children. However, one day a child from another family came into the house. The child was shocked by the one rule. “Why don’t you change the channel, surely your Mom and Dad won’t be that upset.”
The children thought about this. They conceded. It would be fun to see what was on the other channels.
As they flipped through the channels, they saw many things that had never crossed the screen on their ‘One channel’. They wanted to stop watching, but the new images were so mesmerizing. At some point later in the day, they noticed the sound of the garage door opening and their parents returning. Tiny knots were tied in each little stomach.
The TV was quickly turned off. Blame was placed on the neighbor child. Then blame shifted to each other.
The parents were saddened by the broken relationship. The innocence of the children was gone. The TV room was walled off- not to be seen or used by the children again. The fun of family movie nights destroyed…
I wrote this allegory because my sweet, smart and sassy daughter asked the following as we read the story of the Adam and Eve:
“Did they never get to go back to the garden? Why Mommy? Did they forget to say Sorry?”
Not exactly sure of what to say, I said this to my four year old girl, “Even when we say we are sorry, we still have to deal with the consequences of our actions.”
God loved Adam and Eve after they ate the fruit, but they were never allowed back into the garden. In fact, God could have walked away from them (us) forever, but instead he came up with a plan for their (our) redemption. He chose to watch his beloved creation die a physical death so that they (we) might have a second chance–a new life in Christ.
2 Corinthians 5: 16-18 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.
Two years have passed since the ‘One channel incident’ and the Parents have made a decision. “Children, the carpenter has removed the walls-they have been torn down. Family movie nights can be resumed. Let’s get back to how things are supposed to be! Let’s have a wonderful family movie night to celebrate”
Children- Celebrate, for you are redeemed & the kingdom is yours!