Become Like Children

Become Like Children August 21, 2018

One of the students at the recent Theopolis course on covenant epistemology nailed the theme of the week. It was a week-long re-initiation into childhood, led by an authoritative guide in childlikeness, Esther Meek.

Covenant epistemology calls us to be childlike in our unfeigned delight in the world, childlike in our trust in reality, childlike in our vulnerability to what the world brings our way, childlike in our willingness to risk a venture of knowing, childlike in responsiveness, childlike in the confidence that this is our Father’s world.

When one talks about childishness, one cannot avoid talking about Chesterton:

“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, ‘Do it again’; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, ‘Do it again’ to the sun; and every evening, ‘Do it again’ to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”

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  • Kostya2

    I enjoyed this and the series on Jesus and Childhood you posted on 14-17th November which I only found today after reading this post. Thanks
    There is a whole theology of childhood that needs to be explored, but we Protestants seem to not be able to come at it.
    Perhaps it is because our theology of childhood is based more on allusions to childhood in Paul’s letters where he uses the analogy of childhood in negative ways to bring understanding about law and grace etc. Yet Paul was not negative about childhood per se.