A Christian Hacker
A hacker is someone who continuously tries to break a computer’s defenses illegally. When people try and learn new ideas they also can be considered a hacker. Young Stanly is such a hacker, but not with computers.
Ms. Rothsberger took Stanley to Sunday school for the first time when he was three. He had gone to the church nursery for the last three years. Now, since he could sit still for a short time, he was going to Sunday school with his older brother and sister. He felt grown up leaving the church nursery. His mother told him, “Now you are going to learn about Jesus with all the other well-behaved boys and girls.”
“How will I learn about Jesus?” asked Stanly.
His eight year old brother, Alfred, who was learning computers at school, remarked, “Jesus has a code. You have to be a hacker and work at breaking the code so you can be like Jesus.”
Stanly asked, “What does a hacker do?”
“A hacker is real smart. They try and learn new things. They are always trying to get information,” said Alfred.
Stanley’s mother remarked, “By going to Sunday school you will learn about Jesus, Stanley.”
With his jaw set firmly, Stanley strutted into Sunday school. Determined to hack away at learning about Jesus so he could impress his brother, he greeted his Sunday school teacher Ms. Chung with enthusiasm. Stanley blurted, “I’m here to learn about Jesus.”
Ms. Chung, the Sunday school teacher smiled, “Good, you can help all of us learn about Jesus.”
Stanley, puzzled, asked, “What do I need to do?”
Ms. Chung answered, “We can learn to pray.”
Stanley replied, “Will that help me break the code to be like Jesus?”
Ms. Chung laughed, “Most definitely.”
When Stanley got out of his Sunday school class he ran up to Alfred and his sister Francis as they were leaving their class, “I’m learning the code to be like Jesus. I’m learning to pray.”
Francis said, “Learning to be like Jesus will make it easier to live with you.”
“What do you mean?” asked Stanly.
“Well, one of the principles that Jesus teaches is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Can you do that?”
Stanley looked at his sister, “Is that part of the code to be like Jesus?”
Francis said, “Yes. Do you like to be woken up early or have someone take your toys?”
“Neither do I. So, this next Saturday don’t make a lot of noise in the morning. Let me sleep and don’t bother my things.”
“If that is what Jesus wants I’ll do it, firmly stated Stanly.”
On Tuesday evening just before supper, Ms. Rothsberger questioned Alfred, “How is Stanly doing on learning to be like Jesus?”
“He keeps working on it. He keeps hacking away.”
“I hope he doesn’t get any strange ideas from you.”
At that moment Stanley came running into the kitchen with his shoes and the bottom of his pants soaking wet. “Mommy, it didn’t work. Jesus walked on water and calmed the storm. I filled the bathtub with water and tried to walk on the water but my feet went to the bottom. Now I’m all wet.”
Ms. Rothsberger picked up little Stanly. “Don’t cry baby. Mommy can’t walk on water and either can your brother. Let’s get you changed and then we will talk about you becoming like Jesus.”
After Stanly had on dry clean clothes and the Rothsberger family was seated around the dinner table, Mr. Rothsberger spoke, “We all want to be like Jesus, Stanly. It is a hard thing to do. Alfred didn’t say you could be like Jesus overnight. Many grownups have studied Jesus for years and they might never walk on water. The best we can do is keep learning about Jesus and apply his teachings.”
“Dad, Alfred said there was a code and once I learn the code than I can be like Jesus.”
Mr. Rothsberger looked at Alfred, “What’s the code, Alfred?”
“Well, I guess I fooled Stanly. There is a code but it is the way you live and what you believe. I’m just trying to follow you, Dad.”
Mr. Rothsberger replied, “We have family Bible time, we pray for each other, and we go to church. Let’s try and love each other and not fool anyone so they do crazy things.”
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