Kids will be kids

Is there anyone else who absolutely hates that saying? I hate it. Hands down one of the worst saying ever.

Kids will be kids? What does that mean, exactly? It seems like an excuse for bad behavior.

Our kids are disobeying in front of others and we say, “Well, kids will be kids.” With a little embarrassed chuckle.

They fail algebra. “Well, it’s a hard subject and kids will be kids.”

They get in a fight and, “kids will be kids.”

They make messes that they should be responsible enough to pick up and we just shake our head and say, “kids will be kids.”

And what about adults? We never say, “adults will be adults.” However, we have our own way of making excuses. We are Masters of excuse making. Think about it.

There have been plenty of times that I have exhibited bad behavior and I promise you, every single time, I had a great excuse. You probably have, too.

Usually that excuse involves casting blame on another person. Which, technically speaking, there is always someone else involved when it comes to our bad behavior, but they do not dictate our behavior. We act on our own volition and free will. And, we always feel justified in our actions – and usually assume that God sees it our way.

In fact, since we are God’s children, and He of course would side with us, bad behavior and all, He’s probably sitting in heaven saying, “well, kids will be kids.” And excusing us. (Insert heavy sarcasm!)

Yeah. I don’t think so.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but He won’t see it your way. Especially if your way involves your own selfish reasoning. Trust me. I have learned this the hard way.

The fact is, it is not that “kids will be kids” as much as it is that sinners will be sinners. And sinners come in all ages, shapes, sizes, colors, and persuasions.

Maybe we should just start with that fact: Sinners will be sinners.

Then, we should stop making excuses for the bad behavior we exhibit. Maybe we should take a minute to appreciate our desperate need for a Savior. Sinners will be sinners. Even ones that have come to Christ already, but that is not an excuse to continue in our sin.

We are sinners. We will sin. We need forgiveness. We need correction. What we don’t need is an excuse to keep sinning or justification for our actions.

“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?” ~Romans 6:1-2