Have you ever wondered how precious “little ones” are in the eyes of Jesus? We see Jesus holding, touching, being genuinely loving to them in scripture. He used them in his teaching to show us how to value them. Matthew 19:14 says “…Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” This was spoken in response to the disciples rebuking those who brought the children to Jesus for prayer. Jesus’ response was one of caring and love for children.
In Mathew 18:1-11 we see Jesus pulling a little child to him to teach another lesson to the disciples. During this lesson about becoming as “little children” and accepting Christ in faith, he makes a statement about childhood victimization. “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!...See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”
Scripture clearly states that whoever causes a child to sin, it would be better for that person to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck. You can’t get a clearer word picture than that. When a child is abused or victimized, he or she has a greater tendency toward sin and making poor choices as a result of the victimization. “Woe” to the one who causes this.
I want to encourage you to do what you can to value the life of a child. In today’s world, abuse is rampant and comes in all sorts of disguises. Protect your children by educating yourself and your children. Talk to your children about the dangers and make sure communication is kept open and watch for warning signs. You can never be too careful in protecting children from predators.
Children are precious in the eyes of Jesus. He has placed them in our care as parents and it is our responsibility to take that job seriously.