Confirmation Class and the Black Panther —
Sunday afternoon, I spoke with five children who are members of the 2018 Confirmation of Faith Class about the movie, “Black Panther.” My objective was to prod the youth into talking about the movie from a Christian perspective. Discussing the movie is a technique I have used with children since I served as a youth advisor of a junior high school youth ministry at my church. The concept is simple. Starting with any current event, in this case, the movie, “Black Panther,” and ask a simple set of questions that all lead back to Jesus. I asked the children, “What did you see in the movie that made you think about Christian values and principals?” No one said a word. So, I asked another question, “What in the first fight challenge scene could be described as a Christian principal?” One by one, the children began to talk about the fight scene and the mercy the soon to be king displayed to the fellow he was fighting. Next, I questioned them about the second challenge fight for leadership where the new king is defeated and thrown off a cliff. This is when we talked about the lack of mercy of the victor. Finally, I asked the children about the mercy given to the vanquished king from the leader of one of the tribes who found him floating in the water and rescued him. Again, the key word was mercy.
What is the point of all of this? I have long believed that anything and everything can be connected to our Christian faith and values. In this instance, it was five children attending a Confirmation of Faith Class, but it could have been five grown-ups.
We began the class by visiting the courtroom of my wife. I wanted the youth to understand that even though for the last eight weeks they have seen her with an apron on putting the finishing touches to great meals, she also has a day job and is the chief judge in our federal court district. After touring the court, we walked across the street to the Lafayette Coney Island for conies, fries and a coconut cake baked by one of our members, Sydney Harvey. It was a great afternoon. A man and his son got up and gave us their seats and said, he wished that his minister would have taken his Confirmation Class to Lafayette Coney Island.
Psalm 32: 8 I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. 
Questions for Reflection:
- How do you teach children about the values and principals of Jesus?
- What did you see in the movie, “Black Panther” that you could use as a teaching moment for children?
Prayer: Open the creativity of my mind, Lord, that I might be free to use every opportunity to teach children about your principals and values. Bless me with insight. Bless me with the ability to see you in every situation and help me to lead others to the throne of your grace and mercy. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.
Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III
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