Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
Suffering (Part 8)
Abuse: Little Children
But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.
Mark 9:42 (NKJV)
People were bringing little children to Jesus for Him to place His Hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, He was indignant. He said to them, 'Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.'
Mark 10:13-14 (NIV)
Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His Arms, He said to them, 'Whoever receives one of these little children in My Name receives Me.'
Mark 9:36-37 (NKJV)
The worldwide abuse of little children crosses all economic, historic, national and cultural boundaries. For people of good conscience everywhere, child abuse is a heart wrenching problem.
While struggling kids in earth's poorer nations endure poverty, abuse and neglect, richer countries shouldn't get complacent. Despicable tragedies still happen behind closed doors in the plushest places.*
Clearly, children are special to Jesus. He not only identifies with them, but also cherishes their innocence. Their faith, simplicity, and lack of guile are entry cards to the kingdom of God.**
Why children suffer is a tough question. People wiser than I offer answers.*** Still, I choose to believe God, in that... 1) He hates their torment and children will rise; 2) He will avenge evil and perps will fall.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: On the platforms of entertainment, you're positioned to help God's children. For the ones with too-busy parents and without good examples at home, for the ones drawn into media and following its celebrities...
For the ones suffering hopelessness and wondering where they can find joy, you can be their example of Christ. You can show them true Celebrity. You can model a lifestyle of joy.
To Be Continued...
* Child abuse statistics: 11 Facts About Child Abuse, https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-child-abuse
* Child abuse statistics: Ark of Hope, http://arkofhopeforchildren.org/child-abuse/child-abuse-statistics-info
* Child Sexual Abuse Statistics, https://victimsofcrime.org/media/reporting-on-child-sexual-abuse/child-sexual-abuse-statistics
** Previous 5-part AMTC Devotion series: Acting Like Kids, http://amtcdevotions.org/acting-like-kids-the-issues-part-1
*** Moving narrative by Joni Eareckson Tada: Why Do God's Children Suffer? https://answersingenesis.org/who-is-god/god-is-good/why-do-gods-children-suffer/
*** Short article: Why does God not seem to care about the millions of starving children in the world? http://www.gotquestions.org/starving-children.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Suffering series.