The tragic death and selfless love of children is rampaging in Middle Georgia and around America. The following information screams at us from recent Telegraph issues:
1. Macon infant’s death ruled homicide.
2. Short life of Baby Doe was marked by neglect, abuse.
3. Dad in Atlanta hot car death (infant child) returning to court.
4. Deputy saves two girls from drowning in pond (thrown in by father).
5. Grandmother sentenced to life for the death of granddaughter.
6. Teresa Fargason was convicted of killing her 6-year-old daughter, Taylor.
7. Missouri mom charged after kids found living in crate, cave.
If we could hear the pitiful wail and cries of abused children around the globe we would have to stop up our ears. We could not bear it. All this does not go unnoticed by the God in heaven who loves little children and held out his loving protective arms and said “do not hinder them, but let them come unto me.”
— Matt. 19:14
Jesus recognized the vulnerability and innocence and helplessness of little children and pronounced a harsh judgment upon those who abused them. He said, “It would be better to have a stone tied to you and drowned in the ocean than face a holy and righteous God over the abuse of children.”
— Matt. 18:5, 6
God is angry with this generation and he will not hold His anger forever.
In a recent column Catherine Meeks wrote, “All the children need us.” A column by Charles Richardson said, “The responsibility for making communities better comes down on three groups: parents, pastors and educators.” Then he quotes Rev. Ronald Terry who said, “We have raised a generation of young people that is lawless, godless and fearless.”
I have seen this decline in my lifetime and it doesn’t include only the poor, the uneducated, the fatherless; it includes the educated and wealthy. Hollywood and pornographic magazines encourages lustful thoughts and participation in sexual lifestyles outside of marriage which God defines as only when two become one.
The restoration of Godly marriage and family would be the most powerful pillow in restoring Christian influence upon America. Marriage, home and family is the oldest institution in the world. Marriage began at the beginning of civilization for “God created man in His own image...”
— Gen. 1:27, 28
Jesus affirmed this truth in Matt. 19:46, “That at the beginning the Creator made them male and female and said for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two will be one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined let man not separate.”
Usually, not everyone, separations are caused by the man. Many spouses, husbands and wives are brokenhearted because of separation. Multitudes of children are increasing who have no fathers.
The redefinition of marriage is multiplying in our progressive liberal culture. The influence also involves progressive Christians of many denominations who oppose many biblical references, mostly in the New Testament, that marriage is a divine sacred institution created by God between a man and a woman.
Agape love, Christian love, love of God should be the foundation of marriage. We are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and love our neighbor as our self.
— Luke 10:27
Isn’t this what a wife wants, the total possession of her husband’s heart? She will get all of his love. And vice versa. The husband gets his wife’s heart. And vise versa. Children get their mother’s and father’s love. Parents by love, discipline and example are to raise their children to live moral lifestyles and doing unto others as you want them to do unto you.
The Rev. Richard Aultman is a resident of Byron.