What if we responded to children in the following ways:
We decided they were too young to be put into the educational system … because it would mean providing age appropriate materials?
We did not teach them the basic skills of life … because we must allow them the freedom to “be children”?
We did not give them a family … because the adults did not want to be distracted by their presence?
We did not provide basic health care … because it costs us too much?
We did not give them appropriate attention… because we don’t know how to relate to them?
We did not equip them for the next stage of life… because we will do it when they get to that stage?
We never read a parenting book or searched for help … because we were too busy being the best adults we could be?
What a mess we would have in the teen and adult years. The children would be removed from our care and we could be labeled abusers.
WHAT IF … the church said that children cannot be in small groups:
"Because … it would mean providing age-appropriate materials; we must allow them the freedom to be children; we do not want to be distracted by their presence; it costs us; we don’t know how to relate to them; we will do it when they get to the next stage; we are too busy being the best adults we can be"? Read Matthew 18 and you might just find Jesus calls it “abuse”!
Come on church – we can do this! We are here to help you. Send an email and we will be on our way “for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”