28th August 2018

Explain it to a Child!

“He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war any more.”
Isaiah 2:4 (NKJV)

How would you explain today’s world to a young child ? Say a five, six or seven year old, the children that will inherit the results of our actions in the world today? How well could you explain the moral decline of the last, say 70 years? How well could you explain why we have allowed our governments to build up staggering debts that those children will have to pay, because neither government nor ourselves will face the truth that we are living beyond our means?

How would you explain to an innocent, trusting child the situation in the middle east, where children their age in Syria are being bombed by their own government? Where ISIS have wreaked havoc in Syria and Iraq on people of all ages, old and young, whether Christians or Muslims, and on irreplaceable ancient monuments?

How do you explain famines in Africa; wars in which people have limbs deliberately hacked off, and possible state-sponsored use of nerve gas right here in the UK?

It’s tough to think about the world our children and grandchildren will inherit and our responsibility for it. But we can explain this world to them. How? By explaining that humanity rejected God, through Adam and Eve, and the world they live in today is suffering as a result. That God is temporarily allowing humanity to go its own way, to follow its desires right or wrong, and the result of that is what they see around them today.

But the good news is that there is a God who loves us and who will return and change the hearts of human beings. Jesus Christ will return in power to rule this world and change the way humanity lives. The future is not dark, but bright, and the day is coming when love really will be the motivating force of our daily lives. Then, as the scripture above says, there will be a real change for the better.

Prayer
Loving Father, children are the future. Speed the return of Jesus Christ so that today’s children, as adults, may live in a world of love and peace.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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