Protecting childhood – for a good reason

 

 “[…] but Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Remember this! Whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”

~ Luke 18:16-17

Jesus called the children to him and talked to them. But why did he have to fight for them being led to him in the first place? Luke tells us that the disciples tried to hinder the children to come to Jesus. They tried to send them away so that Jesus wouldn’t be disturbed by them.

Let’s be honest: Don’t we know situations like that?

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Children are widely regarded as a disturbing factor. Children are always in someones way – they are in the way of their parents careers, they are in the way of their parents relationship, they are in the way of their parents friendships and they hinder their parents from doing their hobbies, going on vacations, etc. But there is also another view on children:

Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a real blessing.”

~ Psalms 127:3

Why doesn’t modern society regard children as a blessing anymore but as a disturbing factor and a burden to their parents? Shouldn’t children in fact be “the greatest possible gift”1 to their parents?

When they become parents, spouses receive from God the gift of a new responsibility. Their parental love is called to become for the children the visible sign of the very love of God, “from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.”

~ Familiaris Consortio 14

Today’s children grow up in a society that is loud and cold. Instead of having a happy and unburdened time as children in a caring and loving family, they often have to leave their families for daycare at a very young age.

As parents and writers of this blog we request the child’s right to a warm and safe home and a close relationship to his parents. Children should grow up in emotional security. In order to guarantee these aspects we advise parents to avoid daycare if possible.

[…] Acceptance, love, esteem, many-sided and united material, emotional, educational and spiritual concern for every child that comes into this world should always constitute a distinctive, essential characteristic of all Christians, in particular of the Christian family: thus children, while they are able to grow “in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man,”(77) offer their own precious contribution to building up the family community and even to the sanctification of their parents.”

~ Familiaris Consortio 26

Protecting childhood isn’t only a family issue or a society issue it has a deep Christian meaning. Jesus loved children and even fought for their right to come to him. For this reason it should be our mission as Christians to fight for our children’s rights and to protect their childhood.

1Familiaris Consortio 14

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