#6: The education of children and youth must not hinder the spiritual and moral development of the next generation.
- But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believes in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
- Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
- And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer little children, to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
- And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them; but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
Jesus showed a special love for children throughout His earthly ministry. When the disciples tried to keep children from getting too close to Jesus, He rebuked them very firmly. It was in this context the Jesus made the statements about the seriousness of offending a young person as noted in then passages above.
Sometimes we think of offending children only in means of physical abuse. We forget the anything that hinders their moral and spiritual development is the epitome of child abuse.
The big question we must answer concerning the education of our children and youth is simply:
"Are our children being taught anything that will draw them away from Jesus?"
This must be applied to anything and everything that we are teaching them or allowing others to teach them at home, church, school or in the community. This becomes a huge issue when we apply it to who their friends are, what they listen to, see or read or what they are being taught in school.
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