“If God does not exist, everything is permissible.” Fyodor Dostoevsky
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word children, is plural for ‘child’ which is defined as:
A young human being below the age of puberty or below the legal age of majority
Sons and daughters
The descendants of a family or people…
So, now that we’ve gotten that cleared up, I’ve had the correlation on my mind a lot lately -between children and what the Bible defines as children when Jesus says, “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 8:13
I’ve also had this subject of children being forced to grow up too soon on my heart for a long time. Believe it or not, I had this article in draft for over a year, but just never quite ‘got it’ enough to finish it.
Until the other day when my boss David told me about something he thought was important enough to share here. I agree, partly because I’ve had it on my mind a long time, but also because this story just made me think that this is so applicable here, even though it’s a subject matter we don’t usually talk about. Most of us here either don’t have kids, or our kids are grown now. But some folks are grandparents, or know others who have young kids- and it’s something that we all ought to be more aware of. I admit, homeschooling American Boy made me not as vigilant about public schools as we all ought to be. I figured parents who send their kids to school ought to be the ones to ‘police’ the policies and things being taught to their kids. But this is a societal thing, and after years of promoting godless things in public schools, our society is reaping what has been sown.
David told me about an article passed on by a pastor friend of his about some books available in elementary schools across the country, one of which is in one of our local elementary (grades K-6) schools, called “It’s Perfectly Normal“. I’m not going to include any links on this book. All I can say, is that as an adult, I’ve seen a lot of things in my life I wish I hadn’t, and can never unsee. And now, the contents of this book is one of them.
Although the book has been around for over 10 years, it’s sold millions of copies, after multiple editions put out, and largely found in libraries and schools. While there’s nothing wrong with teaching kids about things like health, and even how babies are ‘made’ in ways they can understand at young ages, it’s beyond that what this and other books talk about, and have pictures of that should be totally unacceptable to parents and anyone with a half a brain, and conscience.
Not that I want to show pictures (I won’t) from this book, and not that I even want to see them, I did do a quick search, and I find it interesting that many of the parts that are on full display for young children to see, are blurred or blacked out on a simple search on the internet. Does anyone see the hypocrisy of that? We’re talking more than just the typical cartoonish pictures of a pregnant mommy, showing the baby growing inside, and the changes moms go through during pregnancy. Again, there’s really nothing wrong with that part- because children are curious, especially when their own moms might be going through a pregnancy, it would help the child understand more.
The pictures are pornographic and so wrong for kids to have to see things like that, in an environment where they should be safe and taught age appropriate things.
There was a part in Corrie Ten Boom’s book, The Hiding Place, when she described a question she asked her father when she was young, and his wisdom concerning an adult matter she had weighing on her mind. They were on their way to Amsterdam to check the official Astronomical Clock time (he was a watch/clock maker), so he had his suitcase with him, full of clocks and instruments. The bag was very heavy and he had Corrie pick it up, when she asked her question. She remarked that she couldn’t, as it was too heavy. He replied that sometimes there are just some things that children shouldn’t be made to carry, because they’re not ready to carry such burdens. It’s the same with problems or social issues which are too heavy for kids to have to carry- and unfortunately many children these days are much more ‘grown up’ in some ways than they used to be, and learn some things way too early before they’re mature enough to carry such things.
I never really had the ‘generation gap’ thought so big and bold as I did after David told me about this. In three generations since I was a kid, building forts still when I was 15 years old, and having an imagination, we’re seeing kids just out of their tweens or even in the tween years becoming pregnant, parents getting hormone blockers so their pre teens can ‘transition’ from whatever sex they are to whatever sex they want to be, and allowing all kinds of perversion done in the name of tolerance, or if it feels good do it.
I read an article the other day where Ellen DeGeneres had some actress wife of a former basketball player on her show to talk about their son transitioning to a girl. I think he’s 14. Anyway, the gist of the conversation was that parents who don’t let or support a kid who wants to transition don’t love their kids unconditionally.
Really? So, say I put 300 lbs worth of bricks in my son’s backpack and ordered him to carry it on himself from the time he was in 3rd grade until he turned 20, that would be ok- but not doing it would be ‘not loving him unconditionally’. I’ve been tempted to say, ‘people just don’t get it.’ But they do. They find that removing God or anything good that He created, is removing the barrier to do whatever is right and pleasurable, and anyone who still believes in morals, God and goodness are haters.
I hate to say it, but it’s only going to get worse- but the only ones getting most hurt from all of this are the children that are having these perverted and heavy things forced on them from younger and younger ages. Is it any wonder that suicide is an epidemic among even pre teen children?
From the beginning of the fall, children have suffered the consequences of evil, and if they’re even allowed to grow up, they do so not knowing there is a God who loves them more than they can ever imagine.
So back to the part about what Jesus says about becoming as children… I know folks generally can figure out what Jesus means here, and I’ve never had any question or problem understanding this verse, but it’s still interesting when you consider the ways of a child, just what Jesus is expecting.
Innocence, curiosity and trust used to be something that kids could hold onto until they were in their late teens. Naive yes, but also with an imagination which could grasp the supernatural a lot more than a highly ‘educated’ adult. They had none of the heavy, worldly baggage to weigh down their minds to where the idea that “Yes Jesus Loves Me” was true, and logical.
Children are truth and answer seekers. “Mom, why does… ” Oh I wish I had 5 bucks for every question of that sort the boy asked me when he was little. And sometimes he still does. They are inquisitive and eager to learn and explore when they are little. And books, garbage like this strips so much of that away and instead fills the gap with godless perversion. That’s been the enemy’s plan all along, and long before the present day ‘educators’ decided it was perfectly fine to tell 10 year olds how to enjoy sex with whomever or whatever they want, as long as it feels good.
I guess my question is, why have we so long made it so easy for the enemy to weigh them down?
Something to think about. And hopefully we can find ways to keep parents of young kids informed, or tell them how much God loves them and their kids. Sharing the light, when so much darkness surrounds them.