Currently I serve as the Primary chorister in my ward. (Call it the curse of anyone who can sing and direct music.) The assigned song for March was “Follow the Prophet.” In case you’re not familiar with the song, it was written so that children around the world can mumble through the 400 verses, followed by yelling out the chorus at the top of their lungs.
One verse is about Jonah, as in the guy with the great fish problem. It has this line in it:
When we really try the Lord won’t let us fail.
I had long forgotten this verse until last month. To be completely honest, I felt terrible teaching this verse to the kids. It’s patently untrue. It’s bogus. It’s a setup for all sorts of future disillusionment.
Why do we do this to our children?
[Note: As originally posted the song line read, “If we do what’s right the Lord won’t let us fail.” As noted in comment #19, that was late corrected.]