For the children’s sermon on Sunday, I’m going to use the story, “The Emperor Has No Clothes.” http://hca.gilead.org.il/emperor.html
I wonder what this story will tell them. Does the Church ask them to see clothes that aren’t there? If it does, I don’t want it to. I want them to have the courage to say what they think and feel. I think they should never fear the truth.
When Peter stood before the Sanhedrin, the authorities felt that there was no need for reform. The old ways were working best, and, unless Peter et al. were heretics (and nobody wants to be a heretic) they should conform to the thinking of the Church. But, silly Peter did not know any better than to tell the truth about what he had seen and felt.