There is much deploring going on about the unbearable lightness of the gospel in America. Well, it's what we teach the children, certainly, so if you don't attend church after age 12 or so, you will not ever hear much else. Children's sermons are about being nice to others, seeking to do a good work for any sad or downtrodden person, or praying when you are scared.
That is hardly a terrible thing. We teach what can be learned, what is appropriate for their age and circumstance, and what is likely to have some reality. Though I suspect that in countries where Christians are persecuted the lessons might be different. We don't really want to teach those lessons here, because they awaken fears of trials and dangers that are not likely to come to pass anytime soon. Most experienced adults have encountered bright children with strong imaginations who were caused unnecessary pain by sharp lessons. Those children are particularly good at accusing the church when they grow up and leave it as adults, which puts us back on our heels even more.
Yet children encounter danger in books and movies with great pleasure. (Or do they? Troubling images stay in the mind for years.) Perhaps we are too timid.
Not only the children. Because at least the older children remain present at most family-friendly worship services and church events, their parents don't get exposed to much that is alarming either. It is not just that the theology is streamlined - the reality of pain and suffering in this life is politely ignored as well.
Times of public prayer offsets this somewhat. Even if the requests focus largely on the medical, the military deployments, and the job searches and marital problems (of the extended, not nuclear family), we all get to be reminded that it's not all cakes and ale. Small groups provide this as well.
Still, I wonder what they teach in Syrian and Indonesian Christian churches these days.