We noticed something while taking communion recently at one of our supporting churches. A mom came up with her two-year old girl to receive communion. The mother received the bread and juice, representing Jesus body and blood. The little girl went back with her mom without receiving the Lord’s Supper.
We realized that we experience and live out Christianity in subtle different ways than other peoples. In Thailand, communion is taken in groups. They even include the little children. Their worldview that says one is born into a Christian family so they are Christian. They are born into an identity that shapes how they live out their faith. The parents include their children in everything, assuming they are already Christian.
In our culture, we wait until the children respond to Jesus. We want them to know what they are doing and allow them to choose. Our sensibilities for freedom and individuality shape how we live out our faith and walk with Jesus.