When The Children Cry (Part Seven)

If you have missed the earlier sections of When the Children Cry you can either catch up using the categories on the right or click here.

In When the Children Cry Part Six I began to discuss the fact that even children are sinners. If this is the case then they suffer because of their sins just like the rest of us. But is it so?

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Psalms 51:5 KJV

In this verse David is not discussing his mother’s actions but rather is declaring the from the beginning of his existence he was a sinner. How deep this depravity is seen here in David’s lament about his enemies:

The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
Psalms 58:3 KJV

But do only the wicked come forth speaking lies? Or do all of us have the same tendency? Maybe a better question is who are the wicked and who are the righteous? The Bible says, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). So we see from these few verses, and their are other proofs, that our children are sinners from the beginning.

I know its kind of hard to believe because they look so helpless and innocent but our experience with them, if we are honest, proves they are. How many times have we heard our children cry like they are dying only to have them immediately stop when we give them what they want. How often have told them no and watched them look us right in the face as they did exactly what we told them not to do. Of course the minute we get up to correct them they run. They knew they were doing wrong. But is that a sin? The Bible teaches us to honor our father and mother does it not?

I want to take a little side trip in this discussion right now before you get the wrong idea about children. The Bible does teach they are sinners but it also teaches that they are not held completely accountable the moment they are born. Their bodies may suffer but their souls are secure. When David lost his child, for example, he did not worry that his child was in hell. Instead he promised that he (David) would go to be with the child.

Be that as it may I think we can all agree children are just little sinners and that God is not unrighteous to allow them to suffer. He takes not pleasure in their suffering though! The Bible says he takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. These wicked are not those who are born with a wicked (sinful) nature but those who are pursuing a life of wickedness. If he takes no pleasure in their suffering we can be certain he takes no pleasure in the suffering of our children. In fact, God hates to see the little children suffer.

Still their are suffering children in the world. It hurts us when we it but it happens. Here in America it’s not as bad. But what about Africa? And if sin is the overarching cause of that suffering are their more specific causes? I will look into that in the When The Children Cry (Part Eight).

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About aldaraan

I am a Missionary Baptist Pastor, a husband and a father. I love my God, my church, my family and my country.

Posted on October 23, 2011, in When The Children Cry and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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