Today, my oldest daughter, who is eight years old, was looking at my computer screen while I was changing her baby sister’s diaper, and saw the word “Calvinist” on it. I had the website of Doctrine and Devotion up and had been listening to one of their Five Types of Calvinist episodes when she peered at the screen and asked me “Daddy, what is a “Calvinist”?”
Wow, I honestly wasn’t expecting that question to come from her mouth. And, before I could start to answer her, she asked if I was a Calvinist, to which I said yes, and then if she was a Calvinist. *MIND BLOWN* To which I answered “I sure hope so!” She laughed.
So, I proceeded to give her a very basic answer about the sovereignty of God over everything, including salvation, and how that looks. I then asked her if she would like to watch a movie about Calvinism, and she said yes. So, I fired up Les Lanphere’s Calvinist, and we began watching.
Here are my thoughts on Calvinist from a father’s point of view while watching it with my children…
There we sat, myself along with my two oldest, Kirby 8, and Zeke 6, all sitting in front of my computer watching the likes of Paul Washer, Shai Linne, Kevin DeYoung, R.C. Sproul, Tim Challies, and many others wax and wane over the historical roots of Calvinism, T.U.L.I.P., and common misconceptions regarding Calvinism. When the movie would play compare and contrast, like explaining the Arminian versus Calvinistic view of the atonement, I had chances to clarify things and make them so my kids could understand.
Honestly, I thought we’d get through maybe the first ten to fifteen minutes before they got bored and wanted to go do something else. I was wrong. They were eating it up.
I asked my kids why they wanted to keep watching it, and my daughter stated that she loved watching the animations and that it helps her understand what is going on and what everything means.
As a father of four, and house dad of another eleven (click here to read about what I do), having such a valuable resource that is attractive not only to adults but to children as well…well, it’s invaluable! I cannot even express the gratitude I have for the Lord’s leading on Les Lanphere’s life to make Calvinist, and I praise God that I took part in supporting the work on this film.
I have been a Calvinist for many years now, though it came after many years of being Arminian that it happened. And in those many years, I have never been the best at explaining what Calvinism is to people who have asked me. This video has done what The Way of the Master did for me with the Ten Commandments…given me a clear, simple, and understandable way to explain Calvinism to both adults and children. And being that my profession is working with kids, this is huge!
So, if you haven’t heard of it before, now you have. If you have heard of it and haven’t seen it, click HERE and buy a copy. Buy two copies and give one away. Calvinist is completely worth it and is incredibly edifying in so many ways.
And, coming from a father, seeing his children interested in such rich, sound theology in the form of a movie completely floored me to the point were the only thing I could do was praise God for His infinite awesomeness and blessings!
““For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10–11, ESV)