Teenage Pregnancy

Vader and Harry

During the final lesson at D-Now one illustration invited each student to write their own hero story. The sixth grade boys had many clever tales, but one began with a question, “Is it ok to use both Vader and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?” Matt was unsure if those two worlds could collide without breaking the space-time continuum, but his leader informed him it was worth the risk…

(My summary) The Turtles, heroes of the universe, were gathered in their great city. It was a time of tense peace as their nemesis, Vader, had been forced into solitude. But in this lonely state, he longed to have a child. Meanwhile, in the Turtle City, there was a great celebration, because a girl Mutant Ninja had given birth to a turtle son. But during the festivities Vader snuck into the nursery and stole the baby turtle.

   Now all the mutant turtles were very courageous. But there was one who was smaller than all the rest. By his stature he was deemed less courageous. So, after he was again knocked off the inflatable wrecking ball, he went to visit the nursery. There he found the few turtle babies born over the past year, but something was awry. So, with brains rather than brawn, he counted the babies and found the newest baby was missing. While the others celebrated he went to Vadar and asked if he had taken the baby. Vadar admitted that he had and agreed to return the baby turtle…

   Ok, there is a lot that is surprising in this story. For one there is no violence (which is amazing for 6th graders) and another, mutant turtles have babies and do not lay eggs. Still, when the sixth grade boys first heard the story all they could do was shout “teenage pregnancy”!

 kadeeja cured  The difference between judgment and grace is often the little details that trip us up. We miss the big picture, because we are focused on their mistakes. Take the story of Kadeeja. If we had only thought about her being a Muslim, we would have never learned of her heart condition. If we had not given because Muslims hate Christians, then she would not have been cured. But instead we gave and now Jeremy has been invited into her house. Invited not just to sit, but to explain why a Christian has saved a Muslim. To their family he has shared the heroic tale of the love of Christ. The love that did not stumble over sin, but in grace gave everything to provide the cure!

2 thoughts on “Teenage Pregnancy

  1. I am confused (as usual), so I hope you do some “splaining” during the assembly tomorrow. Why did the boys shout “teenage pregnancy?” What a lovely story about Kadeeja! This epitomizes what Jesus meant when He said, “Love One Another” – without regard to race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, etc.

  2. Hey Beth: The turtles are the “TEENAGE Mutant Ninja Turtles”. Hence a pregnant girl turtle would be a “Teenage Pregnancy”. I only mentioned the full title at the beginning because it was so long to type. Growing up as a turtle fan I automatically knew why they shouted, but it is confusing if this is the first time you have heard of them, Sorry!
    You are completely correct on Kadeeja. What a mistake it is when our love is conditional. We miss the brilliance of grace!

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