Wednesday, April 17, 2013Is Creativity or Obedience More Important?
Reverend Dr. Joel C. Hunter and Pastor Michael McBride provide differing viewpoints on parenting from an evangelical perspective.
I recently listened to a fascinating conversation about obedience. It began with two provocative questions: Is it more important for a child to be creative or well-behaved? And is self-reliance or obedience more important in a child?
The questioner was Simon Greer, head of the Nathan Cummings Foundation and host of a new Internet video series, “Summits on Tenth,” which the foundation launched to “provoke and disrupt conventional thinking on pressing contemporary issues.” The first episode focused on “evangelicals building a just America” and featured Rev. Joel C. Hunter and Pastor Michael McBride.
In posing his questions, Greer noted that in a recent poll evangelicals were 14 percent more likely than other respondents to value obedience over self-reliance and good behavior over creativity in their children. Both Hunter and McBride are evangelicals. Hunter is white and in his sixties, while McBride is African American and a generation younger.
Greer asked both men why evangelicals place so much importance on obedience. Hunter answered with an example: Learning something new—such as Read more…