A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-4-20
Injuring the Future
What’s Happening: “Apparently, America is not the only place where school children are targeted. Thirty-nine were injured in a knife attack by a security guard in China earlier today. Not often do these attacks occur (the last to occur in China was in October of 2018). Still, it’s an attack on the future as all kids will one day be future adults…if they live long enough. The vulnerability has caused many schools in China (and in the U.S.) to hire security guards…which makes this attack particularly heinous…as it was carried out by a ‘trusted’ security guard. (https://www.yahoo.com/news/least-39-injured-knife-attack-053127388.html). Quoting the Associated Press article: ‘Almost 20 children were killed in school attacks in 2010, prompting a response from top government officials and leading many schools to add gates and security guards.’”
Knee-Jerk Response: “What’s 39 amongst so many millions?”
Biblical Response: “It may not be too many percentage-wise, but it only takes one to come up with a cure for cancer or the next pandemic. Children are to be considered a sacred trust. Read what the Bible has to say on the topic:
“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.” (Ps. 127:3-4 NASU)
The image given is this is how we can affect the future…we shoot our children there. We, the parents, are the warriors spoken of, and the Lord participates (Eph. 6:4). We are to set godly examples (and that may include doing a better job of vetting security guards!).”
“Christians? Oh, we believe in affecting our futures, as the above Scripture indicates. And, thanks to the Holy Spirit, our kids don’t have to rely on our own examples…though we are held accountable for them. The Holy Spirit makes it possible for our kids to each have their own relationship with God…that way, they are not a copy of a copy, etc., till they give off an image that is too faded for others to recognize the Original.”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to look at children as the stewardship they are; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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