A pastor who had just recently come to a new church was visiting each Sunday School class by turn to get better acquainted with his members.
One Sunday, he was visiting the Junior Boys’ class and the teacher invited him to ask the class a Bible question. He asked them, “Who tore down the walls of Jericho?” After a moment of awkward silence he fixed his gaze on a bright-looking lad in hopes that the boy would come up with the right answer.
The boy said, “Don’t look at me, Preacher, I didn’t do it.”
The pastor looked at the teacher with a quizzical expression on his face. The teacher said, “Pastor, I have known this boy his whole life. If he said he didn’t do it, I believe him.”
The concerned preacher went to the Sunday School director and apprised him of the situation. “Pastor,” replied the director, “I have the utmost confidence in that teacher. If she is willing to stand behind that boy, then so am I.”
Realizing that he was being faced with a real problem of biblical ignorance in the Sunday School staff, the preacher called an emergency meeting with his deacons in which he told them the details of what had happened.
After a moments pause, the chairman of the deacons said, “Preacher, I don’t think this is going to be a problem. We should just get an estimate on the damage and then take up an offering to pay for it.”