After Reset yesterday, Andrew – who is 5 – asked me if I knew what would happen if he died. Playing along, I said, “Well, I guess we’d have a funeral. But we’d be in luck ’cause I would preach it for free.”
He looked at me like I was an idiot and said, “No dad… I mean, do you know where I would go?”
I said, “What do you mean?” And he looked me right in the eyes and said, “If I died, I would go to hell because I’ve only taken the first step.”
I had to ask… “What in the world are you talking about? And who told you that?”
He told me his teacher told him there are 3 steps you have to take to get to heaven. One, confess (or convince – we’re not exactly sure). Two, repent. Three, get baptized.
He also told me he’s taken the first step, because he’s “convinced” but he still has to go forward two more steps. He’s not sure if he’s done the entire first step or not either because he’s got “a lot of bad junk” to get rid of.
Obviously, he’s got some growing and learning and maturing to do, but I absolutely LOVE having talks like this with my boy.
I just wish everyone I know was as concerned about this as he is…
(Oh, and in case you were wondering, I assured him he wouldn’t go to hell if he died today.)