Teaching Moment 101.
"Boo, when you get older, you'll meet people who say they are looking for God, but they are finding their own way..."
"But there's only One way, mom. Jesus is the way."I was proud of the brain-washing my church, his school and I have done. Nothing is worth doing that isn't worth doing well, and all that. Cuz you know, brain-washing is partly what good parenting is about. [Chew with your mouth closed, wash your hair, clean your room...] If you let them "find their own way" as children, they'll get lost. I wouldn't let him find his own way to the store let alone his own way to Eternity. He may reject our faith one day, or find a different version. He may say one day, "This is not the path I want," but he'll at least know that I knew the way and I carefully led him down the path that I thought was right.
"That's right, honey. You don't have to look all over and get lost on your own, because the Bible tells us which way to go."
I continued, "Boo, way on the other side of things, you'll meet people who say you have to look for God a certain way, that you have to say certain words in a certain way in a certain place and tell you exactly what to do...."
He interrupted me:
"Like a bully!"Aspie has learned what a Bully is. Were it not for his [and my] suffering for 3 THREE three years, I'm not sure he'd know.
Bullies. Bullies of the worst kind. The ones that take the weak and the trusting. The ones that blind you from Grace. Not just the Koreshes and the Jeffs. But also the more subtle; the ones that say your clothes have to be a certain color and a certain length; the ones that want to make God black & white and rules all over.
Finally...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. ~ Philippians 4:8