Summary: Will children be taught biblical values or gender ideology? What is right and wrong? How will we explain it to our children?
The hit film “The Sound of Freedom” has grossed over 155 million dollars at the box office, hitting on the key issue of human trafficking occurring at massive levels across the world.
How should Christians treat children? That is a key point found in our scripture today. The Bible tells us that children should be protected, blessed, encouraged, brought up in the Lord, taught right and wrong, and many other key points.
The world often treats children the worst of all groups. Long ago babies were thrown into the fires as sacrifices to pagan gods. Or children were used for child labor. Today, children are the latest battleground in the culture wars going on in the United States.
Will children be taught biblical values or gender ideology? What is right and wrong? How will we explain it to our children?
We should be very careful what we teach our children. Because the word says that God loves the little children. And it also says, that if you cause a little child to stumble into sin, well, it won’t end well for you.
The movie the sound of freedom shines the light on human trafficking. Hollywood didn’t want this movie published. It was criticized by the news media. 99% of Hollywood movie reviewers refused to even review it. Most that did simply slandered the film as garbage.
It’s important to remember just how corrupt our world is, how political everything has become, when even a film exposing child trafficking is blacked out by the corrupt news media establishment.
We should be very skeptical in what we trust when reading the news, or listening to the latest philosophies of the world, and we should trust the word of God above anything else.
Sometimes we do the opposite. We trust whatever the tv says, and we doubt the word of God. Instead, we should trust God’s word, and doubt the world.
Today, we find Jesus on a long walk talking with his closest friends, the disciples. And Jesus is again explaining the big picture to them. He’s telling them the future. I love when God whispers to me about the future. It’s very exciting. God does that. The Spirit does that. He did it with the apostle Paul numerous times in the book of acts. He did it with John in the book of Revelation.
Jesus is telling them what will happen to him soon.
He says, in Mark 9:30-32: They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 31 because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.”
God explains the end from the beginning, as it says in Isaiah 46:10, “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’”
It’s always fun to go for a walk with a friend and talk about deep stuff. I always enjoyed that with a friend of mine named Kyle. We would walk and talk for hours at night.
Apparently the conversation continued on the road as they came from Galilee to Capernaum. The conversation apparently turned to “whose the best?”
It says in verses 33-35: They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
Remind me of a conversation between me and two of my cousins Travis and Ben when we were about 10. “Whose dad is the best?” My dad, no my dad, no my dad’s the best! Pretty silly stuff.
The Lord Jesus reminds them about how the kingdom of God system works: If you want to be the most honorable and most powerful in heaven, after you die, that’s cool, here’s what you do: Serve everyone around you on Earth. Meet their needs. Provide food for them. Teach them. Give them a ride somewhere. Be a servant to all. Then you’ll be great in heaven. If you’re focused on being served here on Earth, you’ll be one of the poorest in heaven.
Next we see Jesus talking briefly about children. He uses a child as an example. It says in verses 36-37:
36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”