Mark 10:13-16 (NIV) 13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms,placed his hands on them and blessed them.
By: Jack Roberts, Co-Pastor, The Bronx Household of Faith
The first point in Mark 10:13 is Jesus’ attitude towards children. His attitude displayed here is one that emphasizes the value of every human life. Every single individual is important to God. No matter what stage in life they are in, no matter if they are the elderly, or the child in the womb. Every life is important to the living God. Everyone is made in the image of God. Jesus recognizes the value of these children, even though as adults we often find children to be in the way, and we often find ways to exclude them so that we can get on with our activities. But Jesus takes the time, in the midst of a very intense ministry day, to put his hands of blessing upon these, who are the weakest, the most insignificant, the most irrelevant, the most non-contributing members of society, and yet He wants them to come to Him.
This is important for us as followers of Christ, because it means that children are not to be looked upon as a burden, either a financial burden, or one which gets in the way of our goals. This is often true even in the Christian community. Children are seen with the dollar sign attached to them. They say, “We can’t have more children because they cost us too much, or we might have to change our lifestyle, or we might have to do something financially that we don’t want to do. We want to be able to do things that please us, as adults.” Even if we do not say it that way, we in effect are giving a lesser value to children because our goals, our pleasure, our purposes, and our desires are more important than them. Especially when a child is unplanned, the reaction is sometimes that of confusion, sorrow, disappointment, fear, anxiety, how are we going to be able to do this? We are at cross purposes to God when we have that reaction, because every child is a planned child.
There is no unplanned child.
The child of a rape is a planned child by God.
Now, we’re not going to be able to put all that together, we are little people and we can’t figure how all that works, but God says that’s true. There are no accidents, there are no accidental people. Therefore, every child is a valued human being. Jesus demonstrates that here in the book of Mark. And so the attitude that I have often heard, at least outside the church, is that children either become an unwanted burden, an inconvenience, a nuisance even, or for some, it is an opportunity to demonstrate their parenting skills in the way that they can shape and mold a human life, and so it becomes almost a challenge to prove that their views of humanity can be worked out in a child. And so a child becomes really, an experiment. We are seeing that a lot in our world today. People are experimenting with children to see if they can create a better humanity. And that is a serious offence to God. Children are not there for our convenience, nor are they there for our experimentation. Therefore, you have children, what you have there is precious in the sight of God. We need to take that seriously and say, “I want to treat this precious human being, who is going to live forever somewhere, with the value and care that God himself has put into creating that child.”
This is one of the reasons why the Christian community ought to be pro-life. Unfortunately, there are parts of the Christianized community that don’t really see the importance of that position. But it is clear in the Word of God that God is pro-life, and we are too, and we want to continue to promote that clear statement of the Word of God, that every child is a wanted child. Wanted by God.