I don’t mean to sound so Debbie Downer, truly I don’t. I’m examining things that maybe we don’t say out loud.
Nelson Mandela said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
Let’s think about that. We live in a society where children:
-live in poverty
-go to school without breakfast
-go to bed without dinner
-live homeless with a parent
-hide in the closet becasue mommy and daddy are fighting in the -other room
-are human trafficked
-are victims just by virtue of being an innocent bystander in a crime scene
-are told you don’t have to earn an award – just participate
-are allowed to dress themselves immodestly in the name of “let them be themselves”
-are provided with the latest and greatest technology, vehicle, clothing, etc in the name of “I want my child to have everything I didn’t have” without working for it (is that how you got yours, too?)
-are allowed to talk back to adults with sass, sarcasm, and defiance in the name of “if I discipline my child, someone – including my child – might turn me in to DHS”
-are encouraged – sometimes forced – to participate in a sport or academic club because a parent believes it’s the best thing for the child – yet the child has absolutely no interest in it but is afraid of hurting a parent’s feelings by saying so
– wake up everyday overhearing parents discussing the news that there’s been another terrorist attack, police shooting, racist-based killing, violent protests, would-be leaders attacking each other, Christians martyred overseas, etc.
-are prevented from knowing the Word of God, praying, or anything related to Christianity in our school systems, and are indeed mocked for what little beliefs they’ve been allowed to glean from their parents YET are FORCED to study Islam in school (does no one see the double-standard but me?)
-aren’t taken to church and aren’t told about the love of Jesus
-will not know the Pledge of Allegiance (unless something changes)
-are promised health care, but mommy or daddy can’t pay for it even if the employer does offer it or it’s on the government’s Obamacare and a parent just lost their job
-live in a small town with very little hope of being recognized for their amazing talent
-are fantastic athletes, but both parents work and there’s very little money to get children to and from practices, skill camps, out-of-town (state) competitions where scouts are, etc., and lose out on a scholarship
This list could go on and on. But I remind you that we are talking about the treatment of our nation’s children. Not just mine, and not just yours. What are we telling the world about America? To me, it says the USA currently has a lack of humanity, lack of hope, lack of decency, lack of opportunities, lack of inspiration, lack of safety, lack of discipline, plenty of things to fear, plenty of confusion, and plenty of “us vs them” thinking.
If you have children, how are you treating your child? If you don’t have children, how were you treated as a child?
I know positively that I have friends who are doing everything possible to be the best parent possible to their child, to rear them with respect, a work ethic, courage, and hope. I have friends who are childless who would LOVE to raise a child. I have acquaintances who are working on bettering themselves to give these things to their kids. But I still read every day about the others who don’t.
It is not me vs them. It is me asking God what part of His plan does He want me to play – where does He want me to go, what does He want me to do, and what does He want me to say. Do I wait for a profoundly clear lightening bolt from the sky answer from Him before I do anything about it? What if I never took a look at myself, but only at what others say and do? NO! I can do things today that He has already told me to do: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE – give hope, pray, introduce others to what Jesus has done with my life, listen, give grace, be patient and gentle, spread joy, demonstrate peace, faith and long-suffering in the face of adversity knowing from Whom my hope comes from, be light where there is none, write on my heart the laws of God that I might have self-control and also be able to give defense of what I believe, and be bold for Christ.