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Our Kids And Their Future- Matthew 19:13-15
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Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence. - Matt 19:13-15


Our Kids And Their Future


We are six days away from a very important election in our nation. I urge you to exercise your civic responsibility and right by voting on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. If not for yourself, consider what kind of society we will leave for future generations.


Our prayers are offered with deep anguish as two police officers have been murdered in what appears to have been an ambush style shooting in Des Moines, Iowa this morning. Violent rhetoric and violent behavior will be the undoing of our society. Instead of freedom we may be left with anarchy within a barbaric culture, if we do not come to our senses and demonstrate some sense of civility in how we communicate and behave.


It is unfortunate how easy we can forget what is most important. Not necessarily what is most important to us, but what is most important to God. We cringe we are told that God is on the side of one group or another. It is hard to imagine a Just God taking sides. But perhaps within the sovereign mission of God we can come to understand that the vulnerable, the weak, the forgotten and the ignored are always at the top of God's list of favorites. God is still the God of the oppressed. This is a theological theme throughout scripture. He fights for the weak. He cares for us all.


The Matthew 19 pericope illustrates our estimation of these vulnerable individuals in contrast with God's view. It teaches us to rethink and reconsider our philosophy and understanding of Christian ministry. Perhaps even more unsettling is the emphasis in the text on citizenship in the kingdom. That the kingdom of God is not reserved for the powerful, prideful, arrogance, mighty and rich. But rather Kingdom admission requires childlike humility.


Someone in the text thought it wise and good to bring children to Jesus that He might touch them. God bless those today who still find it good and proper to do so. And may we never lose sight of this objective in Christian ministry to our Kids. However, the disciples of Jesus (and we are not told which ones!) who have had intimate fellowship and private lessons at His feet, are moved to rebuke them. Tragic.


What would lead these disciples of Jesus to rebuke both the adults and children who are attempting to make their way to Jesus. But are their still ways in which we find ourselves guilty of doing the same today?


"Suffer the children" is what Jesus says. "Allow them , do not hinder them, leave them alone and let them come to me" is how we should understand His words. Now this is the approach that every pastor, minister, youth worker, parent and congregation should have when it comes to our Kids. 


In short, do everything you can as a parent , church leader and as a Christian to get our Kids in the presence of Jesus. Their future depends on it.


Join me tonight at the Ship in our final unit of study for the year, "Tell Someone: Sharing the Good News" at 6:30 p.m. for Children, Teens and Adults.


God is on your side!



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