Watching The Crucifixion

A child’s mind is delicate, fragile, inexperience. As parents, sometimes, our actions may lead to unintended outcomes. However, we must understand that the impact has been made already and we cannot go back or try to mend it. What we can do is to try, in subtle manners, to change the child’s perception, mold it bit by bit without the child realizing. A great article that illustrates the tremendous influence parents wield over their children

Thought Catalog

The day before Easter, I decided to expose my daughters to the crucifixion of Jesus. Lisa, my wife, Torrey, our older daughter, and Sara, our 4 year-old and I decided to watch “Jesus of Nazareth” a 1977 made for TV movie being replayed.

I wanted to expose the kids to religious history and concepts, but struggled with how best to do it. Watching the story of Jesus on film would provide them insight into Christianity, and was an easy story for children to understand, I thought. Lisa and I debated whether watching it would be too much for Sara, given the inevitable portrayal of the crucifixion.

The crucifixion scene was long, detailed, and graphic. Sara’s sustained silence, despite her keen interest in the film, worried us. It occurred to us that Sara and Torrey’s lack of religious context made the idea of watching it again untenable. Had it been a…

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