PASTOR'S MONTHLY MESSAge
Let Children Be Children
Let us open with prayer for the families affected by the recent active shooter incidents which sent shock around the world. We are told by the FBI that the number of these incidents increased in 2021, to 61 shootings – up from 40 in 2020. The most recent event in Uvalde, Texas took the lives of 19 children and 2 adults, with at least four others injured. The perpetrator was a child. The incident in Buffalo, NY took the lives of 13 people. Again, the perpetrator was a child. In the absence of the admonition and love provided in God’s Word, our children are left floundering in a gravely dangerous world without the protective wisdom God instructed parents to impart: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
As we progress through the continuum of the grief caused by these heinous crimes, many find themselves blaming the manufacturers of the weapons and even the government for its failure to prevent access to such dangerous artillery. Deadly weapons are certainly contributors to the methods one may use to bring hurt and death but, weapons are only as deadly as the user. Rather than blaming weapons and government, we might do well to consider the absence of Jesus and His teachings as the real culprit of such unimaginable crimes against humanity! Have we become ignorant to the impact of the absence of Jesus in our own homes and even in some so-called churches? We have allowed a few atheists to infuse their disdain of faith into our schools and public gatherings. We pretend not to understand the connection between these ungodly changes and the current lack of love and respectful attitudes we’re now witnessing in younger generations.
The key is not the absence of a particular weapon. The key is the presence of the love of God that comes first to our children by our personal demonstration of the same. Fact; home training and Godly examples will not guarantee that the child will not stray. Fact; lack of home training and Godly examples will not guarantee that the child will stray. Fact; home training and Godly examples will guarantee the child a much better opportunity to a blessed life than the absence of the same.
Take time to pray with a child. Take the time to share with a child. Take time to express sincere love and support for a child. Our hope that our world will get back to some semblance of love, gratitude, and respect for life rests in the hands of our children. Let’s admit it; the world is where it is today, not because of them, but because of us. Let’s help them do a better job than we have done. We can start with, “Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. (Acts 2:47)
“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6, 7) You may ask yourself, “what can I do – being only one person?” One person in the lives of the two most recent perpetrators of death and mayhem might have saved the lives of the victims; YOU can make a difference. “DO IT!
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