Oops, He Did It Again!

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Last night I had to discipline my oldest which entailed, among many things, going to bed early. Before turning his light off I spent time with him telling him how much better he could have behaved and how disappointed I was in his actions. Upon leaving the room I added that his mother would be by to kiss him goodnight. A few moments later my wife stepped inside his room and spoke with him at length about his poor behavior. The door was cracked so I nestled up to eavesdrop curious to see what Thatcher would tell his mother. When asked why he didn’t obey, the first words from his mouth forced me to put my hands over mine…

With reserved heaviness Thatcher replied, “I know Mom, I wish Adam and Eve had never eaten that apple.”

A theologian in the making (apple reference aside)! Way to pin your bad behavior on original sin. I was so taken with his comment that I didn’t know whether I needed to let his mom finish what discipline I started or break out a brief seminar for Thatcher on the doctrine of federal headship.

Yancey Arrington
Dr. Yancey C. Arrington is an eighth generation Texan, Acts 29 Network and Houston Church Planting Network fan, and Teaching Pastor at Clear Creek Community Church in the Bay Area of Houston. He is also author of Preaching That Moves People and TAP: Defeating the Sins That Defeat You, and periodically writes for Acts 29 and The Gospel Coalition.

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