Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Kids Say the Darndest Things

"Do you hear what these children are saying?" Jesus said, "Yes, I hear them. And haven't you read in God's Word, 'From the mouths of children and babies I'll furnish a place of praise'?" (Matthew 21:16).

Art Linkletter became renowned for his ability to capture the innocence of children on his famed television show, “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”

On one show a little boy said “My daddy is a policeman. He catches robbers and burglars and thieves.” Linkletter then asked him, “What does your mommy think about this?” The boy answered without hesitation, “Oh, she thinks it’s great. Dad always brings her watches and rings and jewels.”

Kids do say the darndest things! The following are children's answers to Sunday School questions in a Church of England, as they were reprinted by St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Seattle, Washington:

Abraham begat Isaac and Isaac begat Jacob and Jacob begat twelve partridges.

Noah's wife was called Joan of Ark.

Lot's wife was a pillar of salt by day but a ball of fire at night.

The fifth commandment is: Humor thy father and mother.

Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption.

Christians can have only one wife. This is called monotony.

A Republican is a sinner mentioned in the Bible.

These bloopers give us quite a chuckle. We see the humor of the children’s innocence, and cannot help but laugh. Wouldn’t it be great if we somehow could apply this same sense of kindness to the bloopers we each make as adults?

The fact is adults say the darndest things, too. “But,” someone protests, “adults are supposed to know better!” Of course we are, but that doesn’t mean that we always do.

Next time you hear something that seems outlandish and misinformed -- give the benefit of the doubt to the one who said it. It might be nothing more than an innocent blooper. After all, kids say the darndest things!


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