Sugar. The kids at BSF loaded up on it last night. It was our last class before Christmas break and – in violation of the guidelines – a couple of the kids brought treats to share.
Under the table.
We were in a circle of chairs and in the center was a small table. One kid opened 2 boxes of Starburst candy canes and placed them under the table. Another brought a package of cookies and placed it under the table. Candy canes and oreos slid back and forth under the table and across the floor from student to student.
“Sugar is the devil,” I kinda’ wanted to say.
But who wants to be the killjoy?
The church I used to attend throws a party for underprivileged children at every holiday. And at every party they show God’s love by loading the kids up with sugar. Trunk loads of sugar at Halloween, plates piled high with sugar cookies and candy at Christmas. Baskets brimming with chocolate bunnies and jellybeans at Easter.
They show God’s love by putting the children who are the least likely to be able to afford diabetic care at risk for diabetes; they put the children who are least likely to be able to afford dental care at risk for tooth decay.
I shake my head and suggest we find healthier ways to show God’s love.
“Oh just let the kids have fun,” I’m told.
Yes, I don’t bother to say, let’s let them have fun – let’s play FUN exercise-getting games with them, let’s give them fun GIFTS, and a few cookies.
Let’s stop reaching out to children with cheap and easy.
Because God isn’t.