It’s the Story, Stupid
When political strategist, James Carville, wanted to impress upon the Clinton campaign how important it was to talk about the economy, he coined the line, “It’s the economy, stupid.” That drove the point home. To win the presidential campaign they had to stay focused on what was most important, the economy.
The Bible is not a blueprint for social justice. It is not a guidebook of virtues. It is a story, THE story. The story of how God loved us enough to orchestrate human history into an amazing series of events that brought Jesus into the world to save us. It is about what God has done for us, not what we do for God.
Job one in children’s ministry is to help children grasp that amazing story. We capture hearts by positioning kids and parents to respond to the story of what God has done for us through Jesus.
Sometimes when I get off on a tangent, I have to remind myself. It’s the story, stupid.