Literally Annoyed

There is entirely too much arguing in my house. The main cause of arguing is due to children taking things too literally. This conversation will serve as my for instance:

KID: “Dad, what time is it?”
ME: “Five o’clock.”
KID: “Nuh-uh, it’s 4:58.”

That, right there, is the main content of much of the childish conversation in our home. It is unnecessary and stupid. First of all, 4:58 might as well be 5. Second, if you can tell me it’s 4:58 and not 5, why did you ask me?

I recently lectured my children, with many other timely examples, on this issue and told them that I was helping them put away a childish attribute, which will serve them well.

I then proceeded to tell them that the church is made up of stupid conversations like this. As a pastor I get much of this sort of thing every day. Work with me people.

–When I say that dispensationalism went off the deep end: this does not mean that I am not a dispensationalist or that dispensationalists are heretic scum.

–When I say that all believers will experience a process of growth and victory over sin: this does not mean I believe in perfectionism, cessationism, Pharisaism, legalism, etc.

–When I say that grace is overblown to the expense of holiness: this does not mean that I think grace is less valuable, worthless, antinomian, worm infested rot, etc.

People who jump to conclusions based on their hyper-literalness are acting like 7-year olds. This does not mean I have anything against 7-year olds. It means that 35-year olds should be more mature.

Rather than getting hyper-literal, just be literal and listen to what was just said.

2 thoughts on “Literally Annoyed”

  1. When I was a child, I thought as a child, I reasoned as a child, but when I became a man, I put away chilish things. 1 Corinthians 13

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