They Are Not Expendible
All of us that grew up in an earlier generation are so grateful that we were allowed to do so. We truly hurt for our children and grandchildren that will have to face a life, a country, and many global issues that are so violent, volatile, and focused on hurting children.
Our government continues to show total contempt for the Godly values that built this nation. Now, even the life of a baby born in New York is not safe “after birth” if the parents decide to kill it. But then, when God is abandoned and the Bible is forsaken, morality is not an absolute, but the exercise of one’s preference. Life has no meaning. The principles of the harvest are enforced whatever we plant. If we plant good seed, we get good things in the harvest…and vice versa. We reap what we sow. We reap later than we sow. And, we always get more that we planted in the harvest!
Children are the reflection of their parents, teachers, coaches, pastors, and “influencers” in their lives. From a much happier time, I found a folder of illustrations from years ago with notes to the Preacher from the youngest attenders in the church.
Are there any devils on earth? I think there may be one in my class. —Carla, age 10
I’m sorry I can’t leave more money in the plate, but my father didn’t give me a raise in my allowance. Could you have a sermon about a raise in my allowance? Love Patty, age 10
I would like to go to Heaven someday because I know my brother won’t be there. Stephen, age 8
Please say a prayer for our Little League team. We need God’s help, or a new pitcher. Thank you, Alexander, age 10
Johnny’s first day of school the class was to put their right hands over their hearts and repeat the Pledge of Allegiance. The teacher watched the children as they started, “I pledge allegiance to the flag…” She stopped when she noticed Johnny’s right hand over the left side of his rear end. “Johnny, I will not continue until you put your hand over your heart.” Johnny replied, “Ma’am, It is over my heart.”
After several attempts to get Johnny to put his hand over his heart, the teacher asked, “Why do you think that is your heart?” “Because whenever my Granny visits, she picks me up, pats me here, and says, ’Bless your little heart,’ and my Granny doesn’t lie!” (Copied).
For centuries, wise men (having learned and lived by Scripture) have warned us to be careful in training up a child in the way he should go. However, our generation has determined that the Bible is archaic and no longer relevant in school or in life. Perhaps you have read that even the men who led in the Reformation in the 16th century had major concerns about how we rear the children in the faith of God….. Here is a quote from Martin Luther….
“I am much afraid that schools will prove to be great gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount.”