This one comes straight from the files of the sick and twisted. There is lot of adult material found in the pages of Scripture. Prudent parents are careful in their choice of which Biblical stories they share with their children before bed time. There is everything from murder and adultery to graphic descriptions of hell and divine judgment. One of those stories is the depiction of God’s punishment of Lot’s wife. According to Genesis 19:13-26, angles of God instructed Lot and his family to flee Sodom and not look back before it was destroyed by God. Lot’s wife disobeyed, turned back and was turned into a pillar of salt. Scripture doesn’t reveal the name of Lot’s wife so let’s just call her Morton.
While there is plenty of application to be found in Morton’s death, one thing is for sure. This is not the type of material for children’s coloring books. Yes, you read that correctly. On the web site for the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Jehovah’s Witnesses there is a page for “Family Worship Projects.” One of the activities is a “connect-the-dots” type of coloring page for children. Clicking on this link will open up a pdf of a picture of a horrified Morton being turned into a pillar of salt.
Does this strike anyone else as being… wrong? Picture this. Family devotions at the JW Walker home.
Gather around children! Tonight we are going to read the story of God destroying Sodom and Gomorrah right before bed time. Do you know what happened to Lot’s wife when she disobeyed Jehovah? That’s right little Johnny. She was turned into a pillar of salt and died a horrifying, painful death. Do you know how we are going to remember Morton’s fate? Oh, you peeked didn’t you little Suzie? That’s right, we have a connect-the-dots coloring page that shows the actual moment of Morton’s transformation from flesh to sodium chloride! I know, isn’t that exciting?
I am pretty sure that whoever designed this coloring page doesn’t have any children. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the follow up lesson to this. “Tonight we are going to put salt into our skinned up knees so we can better appreciate just how Morton felt as she was being punished by Jehovah!”
Sleep tight little Jehovah’s Witness children.