I’d like you to meet Cooper! He’s my 5 year-old son. Last Sunday on the way to church, Cooper revealed to me something that I didn’t know about him. He looked up at me with all seriousness and said, “Dad, I’m sorry, but I just don’t like church.”
I was floored, shocked, and had I not been a preacher, I would have been speechless. So I kindly and calmly asked him, “Son, what is it about church that you just don’t like?” He quickly fired back, “The preaching, Dad, it’s just too long.” At that point I calmly pulled the car over to the side of the road, opened his door and told the little fella, “Get out.” Just kidding.
But honestly, what was I to say to my 5 year-old, my own flesh and blood? He’d just told me that he doesn’t like church and my preaching stinks! I smiled at Cooper. His big blue eyes told me that he was waiting for some kind of response to his statement. I finally leaned over and told him the truth. “Son,” I said, “sometimes I don’t like church either.” He looked a little surprised. “Really, Dad?” I said, “Yep.” And then at that point I did my best to explain to a 5 year-old boy that God still loves him very much and that I still loved him very much. I also told him that as he grows bigger, church and preaching won’t be so boring, and he might actually like it. I’m not real sure he believed that last part.