A treasure or a choice

The Disciples may have thought they were simply an annoyance. They did not want them anywhere near Jesus. But Jesus commanded that they be brought to him. He said “for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14) We are talking about children.

The bible has another word for children. No it’s not “pain in the neck” nor is it “hardship”. The Bible makes it clear that children are a treasure. It uses terms like “a heritage from the Lord”,  “a reward” (Psalm 127:3), “crown of the aged” (Psalm 17:6) when referring to children.

It is a shame that a large portion of today’s society no longer seem to hold children in the same regard. Many are prepared to treat children as unwanted burdens. This year alone there has been over 8 million abortions worldwide. (worldometers.info/abortions)

In 2003 Eastern Europe had more abortions than live births. The countries included Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, the Russian Federation, Slovakia and the Ukraine. On average each woman in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia had close to 3 abortions each in their life time. (euro.who.int/en/facts-and-figures-about-abortion-in-the-european-region) In 2012 Russia had 42 abortions per 100 live births. (forbes.com-Are-there-really-13-abortions-for-every-10-live-births-in-Russia/)

From 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions have occurred in the U.S. “Twenty-one percent of all U.S. pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion.” (abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abortion_statistics/) It is predicted that at the current rate of abortion, nearly one-third of American women will have an abortion in their life time. In the United States only 12% of woman surveyed claimed health reason for the abortion and only 1% said it was due to rape. (abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abortion_statistics/) Of all the women surveyed who had abortions, 75% said their reasons were due to work, school or other responsibility. The same percentage said they could not afford to have a baby.

Based on the data it appears that the primary reason for the devaluation of children and human life is the powerful dollar. Although we should be sympathetic towards those living in poverty who say they cannot afford a child, it still does not make it right to terminate a life. As for those who choose career, college and other economic opportunities over life, are in effect saying money and career are of greater value than human life.

The bible makes it clear that for the focal point of our lives to be wealth and possessions, amounts to foolishness, since these treasures are temporary and easily perishable, (Matthew 6:19), while a life in God’s hands is forever.

 

 

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A New Baby

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16

My nephew will be witnessing the birth of his first child soon. It was interesting how for a moment I struggled with how to begin this post. If I said “There will be a new life soon,” I would be wrong. My nephew’s child is already alive, just not born. Plenty of doctors can attest to this fact. If I said “we will have a new member of the family soon,” again I would be wrong. This unborn baby is already a part of our lives. There are plenty of gifts, cards and furniture to prove that.

Some might disagree with me. They would call my grand nephew or niece, a fetus and nothing more. They also claim this treasure is not alive, although the doctors, nurses, my nephew and his wife have already had the pleasure of hearing the heart beat on several occasions. The mother has also testified on more than one occasion of how much the baby actually moves. Those who are not alive usually have trouble moving and showing a heartbeat.

Others insist this is not a baby. This wonderful creation has legs, arms, lungs, toes, a mouth ready to eat and a brain capable of capturing information at greater speeds than most adults. This life that exists within my nephew’s wife is a young human, less than a year old. By definition this makes this wonderful creation a baby.

I am sure that killing a creation as just described would be a lot easier if we could just believe that it is not human, not a baby and not alive. However there is nothing biological to differentiate between this creation and the baby we can hold in our hands. The only difference is the state of where they are physically.

The bible makes it clear that it is God that forms us in our mother’s womb and knows us intimately even before we are born. (Isaiah 49:1, Psalms 139:13-16, Jeremiah 1:4-5) Much of our character, likes, dislikes and physical characteristics have already been programmed by our creator. Our genetic material already has the information that will determine if we will be capable, with proper training and nutrition, of throwing a 90 mile per hour fastball, shooting a three pointer or winning a marathon. Although we may not know the inner workings of this wonderful being, God does.

What is our responsibility? To welcome this child into our lives, providing all the love and care we have. It is tragic that many children will not be received likewise. Some will literally never see the light of day.

Consider the following verses

Verses on Abortion

Verses on Children

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Baby Hope an abandoned gift

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Baby hope, an abandoned gift.

Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. Psalm 127:3

Recently baby hope was identified. Her name is Angelica Castillo. This was a child believed to have been 4 years old when she was sexually abused and killed. The police also have evidence that she suffered from malnutrition, tied to at table and denied water as well. In truth we really don’t know the extent of the abuse. This happened over 20 years ago, but finally she was identified and the monster guilty of this heinous crime has been brought to justice.  There is much that needs to be said but the first thought that comes to mind is this precious life.

When Jesus was about the country of Judea he helped countless people and on one occasion there were several children that attempted to approach him. The disciples in their ignorance attempted to stop them. Perhaps they thought the master could not be bothered. But Jesus immediately corrected them and said “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  (Matthew 19:14) These children had humility, submissiveness and a faith that is required to serve God.  Scripture also reveals that children are a great treasure. (Psalm 127:3, Proverbs 17:6)

Instead of being treated like the great gift that she was, Angelica Castillo was abandoned by her father and left in the hands of monsters.  How do we look upon our children now? Are they unwanted burdens, perhaps too costly for today’s economy? Are they a nuisance that often get in the way of our more important endeavors?

Children are beautiful creations temporarily placed in our care by God almighty. They are souls that the kingdom of heaven anxiously watches over. They must be raised with love and care that they may grow to be strong faithful men and women of God.

As for those who do not share these sentiments concerning children I leave this warning. You will meet God’s justice face to face, whether in this life or the next.

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