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Sad Honest Children

For those NOT in the know, the church has a rather large Christian school under the greater church umbrella. And I just heard this conversation between two 3rd graders in the hallway outside my office door. I am not making this up!

First Boy: Obama is a bad, bad man! (Said with terrible angst written all over
his face)

Second Boy: Why is he bad? I don’t understand why you hate
him… (Said with the most sincere voice you can get out of a 3rd
grader. He was really asking his friend a great question.)

First Boy: Dude, Obama hates America and he hates you!

I don’t care who you vote for, but that’s just sad.

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. Gombojav Tribe · November 4, 2008

    I had to correct my children about this a long time ago, too. “Calm down, he’s not the devil.”

    But, I do understand where the kids are coming from, though. Children sometimes see things so black and white. They hear that Obama is so very pro-abortion and that is just unbelievable in a child’s mind! To a child–so tender towards babies and pregnancy, he must be evil to the core to let babies die.

    So, although I did correct my children from saying how he hates everybody, I didn’t think it was sad. It’s just their natural thought process.

  2. Peter Schott · November 4, 2008

    Actually, I think it’s safer to say that this reflects the thought processes of the parents. I try to be very careful about the way I speak of our leaders (political or local or church) in front of my daughter. That statement listed above more than likely reflects the thoughts of the parents. While I may not agree with the way a particular leader wants to move the country, I rarely think it’s because they hate the country. They just think differently – if we just …, then … will result.

  3. Cash Clan Japan · November 4, 2008

    It IS sad because some ignorant Christian parent taught their kid that. Instead of teaching them to think. Instead of teaching them that these issues are complicated and that each man must follow his conscience if/when he votes or does anything at all in life. This kid’s parent just told him what to think.

  4. Forever Altared · November 11, 2008

    what is more sad – sadder
    Is when you find out that it was your child that was saying it…