Oh, be careful…

Oh, Be Careful Singing

Oh, be careful little eyes what you see,

Oh, be careful little eyes what you see,

For the Father up above is scowling down

In judgment, anger, condemnation;

Oh, be careful little eyes what you see.

“Those aren’t the words I learned in Sunday School,” you say? Actually they’re not the words I learned either. Faithful teachers taught us, “For the Father up above is looking down in love…,” but somehow in my heart and mind was planted the impression that I should be careful because God was akin to a celestial Santa ‘making a list and checking it twice.’ Ready to pounce and pronounce judgment whenever I didn’t measure up to His standards.

Another result of my mistaken theology—and one I fight to this day—was a flawed belief that if I saw/said/heard/did all the right things, God would love me more. Quite simply this is a misunderstood view of law and grace, a view that plagued the early Christians and still infects those of us walking on planet Earth today.

I can hear you say (because I have said the same words!), “But if we don’t instill the law in children, how will they ever know how to please God? After all, didn’t Jesus say, ‘If you love me, keep my commands’ and ‘By their fruits you will know them’?”

Could it be that we think children are too young to understand that immediately after Jesus gave the ‘If you love me, keep my commands’ statement, He went on at some length to teach His still-learning disciples that after He left them, He would send the Holy Spirit to enable them to keep that command?

I was an adult who had walked with God many years before I read, understood, trusted and found peace in the words of Romans 8:1: Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Simple Sunday School songs hold profound truth and we must be vigilant to teach those truths—from a child’s earliest years—so these least ones grow up resting in His grace and excitedly following ‘the Father up above.’

 

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