The biggest problem our children face
Whilst it is true and powerful that children are our future, the problem is that society doesn’t quite know what to do.
We look at the current problems of our world and then look to the next generation to solve them… problems like violence, alcohol, crime, poverty and the environment.
The cause of each of these problems, so the reasoning goes, is a lack of information about the impacts that each of these problems may result in.
So to help our children overcome the issues we introduce educational programs at the earliest appropriate age to arm the next generation with the knowledge and skills to overcome them.
Now all this is well intentioned and not without benefit, but this strategy has always and will aways ultimately fail.
This is obvious when you realise that some of these programs have been going on for generations.
Issues to do with alcohol are a tragic example: we are now trying to teach our kids the very same things that we were taught but have ignored.
And the reason why these educational reforms have failed is that the problem is misdiagnosed.
The problem is not lack of information: the problem is sin, and so our children carry within them the problem itself.
Our children need saving.
While this is profoundly politically incorrect to say unless we understand the problem we will never be able to offer children the answer.
Jesus said “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, or the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10:14,16
Jesus is the answer because Jesus came to save us from our sins: he came to save children from their sins.