Is Jesus serious about sin or not?
If our kids have read the Bible on their own enough to be shaped by it, great. But if we rush the Bible searching for answers, we'll grab our answers, our tone, not the Bible's tone.
The way of “Jesus-only” is narrow, yes. But you can’t find a more open, wider chance to put one’s name on the guest list to eternal life...
To want forgiveness without being willing to repent is like clinging to the outside of the ark, holding your breath, still in love with everything that’s underwater. John’s “bear fruit in keeping with repentance” calls for change on the outside--change even AGAINST what the culture has come to accept as The Way Things Are.
...If you got this far and think that we get to beat people up with guilt, you haven't been reading with your heart.
Herod and Herodias were a family. One family member was willing to listen to John, the other wasn’t. God’s law is like that. Some people can’t stand it, while others are curious and actually like to hear it. Herod liked listening to John.
Please, no witty or snarky comments. Kids are asking real questions. They want real answers. And real answers are not belittling, nor fun-poking, nor requiring an apology. Real answers also aren't often very short.