I thought about writing about this several months ago when a widely-publicized disaster happened, but I waited a bit too late. I did have the thought that it probably wouldn’t be long until something else tragic happened. Unfortunately, I was right. Not only have we had one horrific thing happen, but at least two come right to mind from the last couple of weeks. You may have had disaster strike on a local or more personal level too.
Disaster is bad enough on a personal level. But what should we tell our kids when disaster strikes?
What Do We Tell Our Kids When Faced with Disaster?
When the world goes crazy, what do you tell your kids? Do we use this opportunity to point out sin or point fingers? Or do we just ignore it altogether? Some of us may be torn based on our beliefs, but God is very clear.
As with everything else, we can look to the Word for the answers. Disaster will strike again. It’s important for us to consider so we will be prepared. I could write out a list of things to do, but God has already done that for us. Here it is (with my emphasis)…
Marks of the True Christian
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it[i] to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12: 9-21 ESV
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Our children learn by example. More specifically, your children learn by YOUR example. You are the primary influence in your child’s life. Follow the Bible and simply do what it says.
- Watch what you say. Don’t talk badly about others and place blame. If your child hears about a situation, or if you think it is important for them to know about, take the time to talk to them about it. Don’t let others form their opinions.
- Jump in and help where you can when disaster strikes.
- Even if you don’t know what to DO, you can always set aside time to pray for the situation. Don’t just pray alone, but pray with your children.
Everyone would love to live in a world where disasters never happen, but unfortunately we live in a fallen world. One day God will come to restore it. Until then, we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ. THAT is what we should do, and teach our kids to do, in the face of disaster.We are called to be the hands and feet of Christ. THAT is what we should do. Click To Tweet
You Aren’t Alone
I leave you with a great example of showing the kind of love described in Romans 12. Check out what Chick Fil A did in the face of recent disaster. They followed the example of Christ, as should we. It is important to remember that good deeds are often not publicized by the media. When we are afraid that the world has gone mad, remember that there are others who are also still fighting for the cause of Christ. We can still make a difference in the world–even in the face of disaster.
Have you discussed recent disasters with your children? What advice do you have to help children deal with disasters?