Can little children stand alone for what is right?
A first-grade boy was in a public school classroom with twenty-eight other children. When the Halloween season arrived, the teacher and the class thought that it would be fun to color pictures of ghosts, witches, and jack o’ lanterns. The teacher gave this boy a picture of a witch to color.
However, the boy’s father had taught the boy what the Bible says about witches, so the boy felt that it would not be right for him to color the picture of a witch. If you were that boy, what would you do in that situation?
From the day this little boy had come home from the hospital as a newborn baby, his father had been reading the Bible to his child. The father knew that spiritual truths are not comprehended by the mind as much as they are comprehended by the spirit. (See I Corinthians 2:14.) He also was familiar with God’s promise in Isaiah 55:10–11, which says that God’s Word will always accomplish God’s purposes; it will never “return void.”
By the time the boy was ready for first grade, he had become alert to things that pleased God. He also had a limited understanding of things that did not please God. When he was asked to color the picture of a witch, he told the teacher, “I’ve given my life to Jesus and I can’t color this picture.” Consequently, the teacher excused him from coloring the picture.
During the next hour at school, the boy went to music class. The music teacher was going to teach the children a song about ghosts. Once again, the boy explained to the teacher, “I’ve given my life to Jesus and I cannot sing that song.”
The teachers called a meeting to discuss the boy’s refusal to participate in these activities. As a result, they contacted the boy’s father and said, “Your son is not cooperating in school.”
When the boy got home, his father asked him why he had not been cooperating with his teachers, particularly why he had not been willing to color the picture he was asked to color. The boy walked over to his father and said, “Daddy, the Bible says witches are wrong—you know that.” The boy’s childlike faith, spontaneity, and courage thrilled and challenged his father.
The boy’s actions made a big impression on the teacher who had asked him to color the picture of the witch. In fact, she was so impressed by his decision that a month later, she began attending the boy’s church. The boy’s father was the pastor.
Luke 17:5–6 says, “The apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.” May God increase our faith and give us courage to stand alone for righteousness’ sake. As we do, God will be glorified and the kingdom of God will be advanced.
This testimony is adapted from the booklet titled How to Stand Alone.