Children: Our Future
Today is my day off and I am spending it with my friend's four year old daughter. I forgot how much it means to play. We took her father's vehicle to my storage facility and we couldn't get the truck started. While we waited for her dad, we decided to have a game of tag. It was fun to chase her and be chased by her. We went inside the office where it is nice and warm and they offered us the boardroom to wait and there were munchies there! We had some Cheetos and Doritos for free! After her father dropped off the keys, his daughter wanted to play tag again. I really enjoyed playing with her.
I'm reminded of Yeshua's (Jesus) words which say, "Unless you become like little children, you will in no way enter the kingdom of Heaven." I think I'm beginning to understand a little about what that scripture means. Little children don't hold grudges, they forgive very quickly; almost instantly. They have a great capacity to love and be loved. They are much more connected to the spiritual realm than we give them credit for.
Our children are brilliant, they have so much to offer us, yet they are not recognized for their talents and abilities. Why? It's because children are weak, physically and unfortunately for humankind, we live under a male dominant environment. It is not a good environment to live in, especially for children. This male dominant environment we live in states that basically, "You are weak therefore you have no bearing on this planet or life. You are weak therefore you cannot contribute to this life. You are of little value because you don't have money, possessions, or knowledge." This male dominant perception has permeated every facet of our society. It has caused many wars and a lot of suffering, violence, death, and disease.
Childish men who care little about human life, impose their dominant persuasions on people who cannot defend themselves, have no way to take care of themselves, nor do these men care about anyone that is weaker.
That is where we find our children. They are so devalued that, in some cases, children are rounded up in certain cities and shot to death. Some children are used for their body parts to use for men who need them. Some children are exploited for sex. We have little or no regard for the plight of our children. Children in some countries are less valuable than the dirt they are buried with.
Why is this? Why aren't our children treated with respect and dignity? Why is it that men would rather kill a child for their body parts, instead of wanting to embrace and nurture a young child? I am reminded of a proverb that states,
Pro 24:11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
Pro 24:12 If you say, "Behold, we did not know this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?
We see here that we are responsible for these children and I don't care if we say, "Well, that's not my responsibility. I have my own life to live," we are ALL responsible for one another on this planet. Our children are our greatest commodity. Without our children we have no future.
I see this lack of care for our children in many of the Churches and Congregations that I have attended. Most of the children are placed in a corner and given crayons and paper to color – for the entire service! That is just unfair. Our children are our seed. Much like seed for vegetables and fruit. The problem is that our 'seed' is getting sicker and sicker. We feed them GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) food, we give them no responsibility, we abuse them sexually, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, and we regard them as less than human.
At the end of time we will be held responsible for our apathy to our children. We will have to give an answer for EVERYTHING we have allowed to happen to these precious souls. God could care less about the tithes and offerings we gave to our church and congregations. He could care less about how many people we led to him. He could care less about our Church attendance, or good standing in front of our assemblies. ALL God cares about is how much COMPASSION we have on each other. Consider,
Mat 25:31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.
Mat 25:32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
Mat 25:33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.
Mat 25:34 Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
Mat 25:35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
Mat 25:36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.'
Mat 25:37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
Mat 25:38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
Mat 25:39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?'
Mat 25:40 And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'
Mat 25:41 "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
Mat 25:42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
Mat 25:43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.'
Mat 25:44 Then they also will answer, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?'
Mat 25:45 Then he will answer them, saying, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.'
Mat 25:46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."?
Truly, our children are the least of these. Yeshua (Jesus) knew that many would be sucked into this male dominant and cruel mentality of men. He knows that many are going to be separated at the end of time and placed into a place away from the Father and they will bear their consequences for their cruelty.
I must emphasize that our Father in Heaven does not want that to happen to anyone. He wants all of us to come to him to find freedom from our wrongdoing and enjoy a life of peace and prosperity. The problem is that our children have been sold down the drain. They have been exploited, used and abused. Unless we begin to love our children and recognize them for their beauty and resilience, we will all perish. I can't stress it enough, our children are the answer to our world problems, they are our future.
Click HERE to watch a video on child poverty in Guatemala.