Why do parents bring their sick kids to church? Can someone please explain this to me? They keep them home from school, why should church be any different? And I am not talking about the cold they have had for a week or the lingering cough they are nursing. I am talking about the big contagious illnesses. I don’t think I will ever understand it (just like I don’t understand why parents bring babies to movie theaters).
About a month ago my husband and I went in to teach our class of 7-8 year olds. One of them had a bloodshot eye, and I thought to myself, “Wow, his eye is red. I hope it isn’t pink eye. No, it can’t be. Who would bring their kid to church with the HIGHLY contagious pink eye?” He later said something about staying up late that night playing video games so I assumed that was the cause of the red eye.
Well, later in another class I overheard him tell a friend he had pink eye. Ugh! Thanks for the warning. Well, guess what happened? Two days later I woke up with two sore, gooey eyes. One swelled shut the next day. It lasted for over a week and then after it went away I got it again, 2 days later!!! My question is, why bring your child with pink eye to church? Even I know it is extremely contagious and this is coming from someone who had never had it before.
Then this past Sunday one of the kids was telling us about her week and she said, “Well, I was sick Thursday, Friday and Saturday throwing up.” Ahhh! Why are you here?! I don’t know about your families but the stomach flu is considered the modern day plague in my family. Maybe I just don’t understand yet because my child isn’t old enough. Maybe at some point when he gets older I will morph into the woman that brings her very contagious kids to church. I can only hope not!