Kids 
and Sunday School
by J. Edgar Hoover

"Mr. Hoover, Shall I make make my child go to Sunday School and church?

Yes!

And with no further discussion about the matter.

 Are you startled by the swiftness of my response? Why?  How do you answer Junior when he comes down to breakfast on Monday morning and announces to you that he is not going to school any more. You know!  Junior goes.

How do you answer when Junior comes in very much besmudged and says, I'm not going to take a bath."  Junior bathes doesn't he?

Why all this timidity, then, in the realm of his spiritual guidance and growth?  Going to let him wait and decide what church he'll go to when he gets old enough?  Quit your kidding!  You didn't wait until you were old enough.  You don't wait until he is old enough to decide whether he wants to go to school or not to start his education.  You don't wait until he is old enough to decide whether he wants to be clan or dirty, do you?  Do you wait until he is old enough to decide if he wants to take his medicine when he is sick -- do you?

Church

"I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there; in her fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there; in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." 
Alexis de Tocqueville, the French historian who wrote the four-volume work entitled Democracy in America.  

What shall we say when Junior announces he doesn't like to go to Sunday School and church?  That's an easy one to answer.  Just be consistent.  Tell him, "Junior, in our house we all go to church and to Sunday School, and that includes you."  Your firmness and example will furnish a bridge over which youthful rebellion may travel into rich and satisfying experience in personal religious living.  The parents of America can strike a telling blow against the forces that contribute to our juvenile delinquency, if our mothers and fathers will take their children to Sunday School and church regularly

the end


President Calvin Coolidge pinpointed this problem some years ago with these words:

We do not need more material development, we need more spiritual development. We do not need more intellectual power, we need more moral power. We do not need more knowledge, we need more character. We do not need more government, we need more culture. We do not need more law, we need more religion. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen. It is on that side of life that it is desirable to put the emphasis at the present time. If that side is strengthened, the other side will take care of itself. It is that side which is the foundation of all else. If the foundation be firm, the superstructure will stand. 

Albert Einstein said, I shall never believe that God plays dice with the world. 

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