For my 3 year old son’s Sunday School class, they are memorizing Psalm 53:3b “There is no one who does good, not even one.” I was reviewing it with my son as I put him to bed. I asked him what his verse was and he was able to repeat it with just a little bit of prompting. Then I asked him the reference, and he said “Psalm 3:23”. I taught him Romans 3:23 last week and I’m sure 3:23 and 53:3 are easily confused in his mind. I said “no, you mean _Romans 3:23_. What does that say?” And he repeated it, flawlessly. (“For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.”)
Seizing the opportunity, I explained to him how those two verses are saying the same thing. Everybody sins, everybody does bad things.
Then I tied in his question this week from First Catechism: Why did God create all things? For His own glory. And I tried to explain how because we sin, we are falling short of God’s glory and not doing what God created us to do. I mean, 3 year olds can understand Total Depravity, right?
As soon as I started to explain how all sinned, though, he got this wicked grin on his face and started hitting my arm. Sometimes we “play fight” and I figured that’s what it was. But he didn’t stop. So after a few seconds I said,
“Joshua, why do you keep hitting me?”
“Because _all have sinned_!”
I guess not only does he _understand_ Total Depravity, he’s _embraced_ it and wants to demonstrate it!