For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the sayings of God. You have come to need milk and not solid food. (Hebrews 5:12)
By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one–baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! (paraphrased from The Message)
What I’m about to do here is no fun.
I’m about to accuse some Christian friends of spiritual ignorance.
Earlier today I was looking over my wife’s textbook on effective writing for college classes. Bertha has been teaching English (literature, composition, etc) all her adult life, either in high school or on the college level. And I was struck by something…
The authors of the textbook, both college professors, gave examples of essays written by students and then subjected to intense editing and improvement by teachers. They showed the first draft, how a professor critiqued it, the second article, and so forth. The final results were excellent examples of effective communication. The point being…
Editing and rewriting is painful. But editing and rewriting are necessary. (Case in point: This little article of mine. I’ve worked on it several days–deleting, adding, changing, pasting.)
Editing and grading are hard work for the teacher and sometimes offensive to the student. Those who “know” point out the errors in those who are learning and suggest ways to improve. This is basic education. We do it from kindergarten and up.
Why then do we shy away from that in church? When is the last time you heard a veteran teacher or preacher pointing out the errors in a young Sunday School teacher’s presentations, a young believer’s prayers, a young warrior’s witnessing? I know the answer: You’ve never seen it.
It does not happen.