Stuck to the rear of every other car are statements that alternately amuse, entertain, provoke, and madden. But are they true? I would encourage you, as a family, to use these public “belief statements” to help youth discern whether worldly wisdom holds up under the light of God’s Word.
Read each proverb or slogan below, then answer these questions together: How is the statement true? How is the statement untrue? Next, read the Scripture passages and answer the questions that accompany each slogan.
- “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” – Greek proverb
- Read aloud Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 2:6; and James 1:5-6; 3:13-18.
- Ask: How true is this statement when weighted against Scripture? What did you learn about wisdom from these verses?
- “Talking is easy; action is difficult.” – Spanish proverb
- Read aloud Luke 6:46-49 and James 1:19-25; 2:14-26
- Ask: What do these verses have to say about listening? speaking? doing? How are actions tied to faith? How easy or difficult is it for Christians to “walk their talk”?
- “Visualize world peace.” – bumper sticker
- Read John 14:27; Romans 5:1-2; Ephesians 2:11-18; and Hebrews 12:14.
- Ask: What kind of peace is this bumper sticker referring to? How is peace defined in these passages? How is the peace the Bible talks about different from or similar to the peace that’s conveyed in the slogan?
If you’re feeling bold, go to a large parking lot together and search for interesting bumper stickers. Write them down, then go home and discuss them using the strategy above.
Be a blessing today,