The idea of childhood is not universal. Despite what others claim, childhood was not invented by a capitalist society which could afford to carve out a special, privilege period of time for their offspring. Childhood was discovered in that sacred story of Jesus blessing the little ones. Throughout human history, and even today in many parts of the world, children are treated as small adults. They are forced to work, consume, war, and sin like adults.
In our own country, these destructive attitudes are rising as the church's influence diminishes. I firmly believe the fate of children is connected to the strength of the church. The strength of the church is bound to its conduct toward children. For better or worse they are permanently connected. May we bless the children, and be blessed by them.
Take Away: The strength of the church is bound to its conduct toward children.