Sunday, 27 July 2008

Kids

I purposely don't refer to children by name on the internet. We need to protect our children from harm that can come by virtue of too much information available. The internet is a powerful weapon in the hands of evil people.

What I'd like to draw attention to are kids in general who need our faithful support, guidance and encouragement. I'd like to see us reach out to more kids in the name of Christ. Our history shows that when we do, they often bring their families to the Lord as well. Let us do what we can to increase our ministry to kids. They need Christ.

Matthew 18:7 (MSG)
7 Doom to the world for giving these God-believing children a hard time! Hard times are inevitable, but you don't have to make it worse—and it's doomsday to you if you do.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe by allowing the kids idea of God minister to us you dont have to be a children's ministry person to gain a greater understanding of God through children. They have amazing insight to the the things that complicate our spiritual journey we must become like these.... Friday night I was ready to throw in the towel as children's ministry leader I felt I handled a tough situation badly yet today those same children ministered to me in a huge way praise God for all children
and yes Commissioner I take that verse to heart every time I read it -a huge responsibility but a greater blessing.

Ex-Salvo said...

You are correct in stating that young people need support, guidance and encouragement from the adults in their lives. However, none of those things need to be offered "in the name of Christ." In fact, they should be offered with no strings attached. You also may want to consider whether the notion of using kids as the hook for reeling the rest of the family into the church is an ethically defensible tactic.

Jim Knaggs said...

X/S - God's love is not a "string attached." Kids need Christ as do their parents as do I as do you.

Ex-Salvo said...

Commissioner: Thank you for responding. My objection to child evangelism is that it co-opts the minds of children before they have developed sufficient mental maturity to thoughtfully examine evidence for and against Christian claims. The result is that they are indoctrinated into the faith rather than educated into it. What do Christians have to fear by waiting until children have reached some degree of maturity before confronting them with the gospel? If the words are true and the Holy Spirit is working, then the message should be just as effective at, say, age 14, as it is believed to be at age 8.

Anonymous said...

Jesus said let the childrn come.....