Summary: Lesson #1 deals with orphaned children and the second lesson has a humourous way of talking about how Christ came to this world in the form of a...baby.
WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?
Australia has been a colony, protectorate, and to be honest a dumping ground for the United Kingdom for many centuries. The UK used the Land Down Under for her resources, her vast areas of land, and as a permanent orphanage for unwanted children who roamed the streets of London that were accused by the upper classes of stirring up trouble.
It’s true. For almost 200 years, abandoned children were not only sold off through auctions for menial things such as asking for a second bowl of soup, as made famous through the ever popular Charles Dickens tale of Oliver Twist. But they were also sold a bill of goods describing a land of milk and honey in Australia in which wealth was so abundant that children rode kangaroos to school in the morning. To a child living in a world without hope, their tiny eyes must have been filled with awe upon hearing about such wonders. And to a society not wanting to handle the responsibility of fatherless, motherless, and in effect loveless children, it was convenient.
Upon arrival, the children’s blessed hopes were dashed. There were no kangaroo rides. Instead, these children arrived to a life of endless farm work, indentured servitude, and physical and sexual abuse. Though every legal juxtaposition indicates that the civil authorities were operating for the “children’s best interests,” the truth is that the heavy welfare burden of taking care of forgotten children was eliminated.
The Bible says in Luke 18:15-17, “People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of the world belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will not enter it.” I love that verse, don’t you? The scriptures say a lot about children. And how ashamed England & Australia mUST feel for how they treated the least of these. It is good news to hear the Prime Ministers of these nations issuing long awaited apologies.
Sadly, we are one of the modern nations that can be accused of leading children away. Though we are not shipping them away to some faraway remote island, we are eliminating those who are inconvenient to our society through the legal process of abortion. How can we as a nation say we are letting the little children come to the Lord when we don’t even let them breathe?
We use laws, our courts, our lawmakers, our lack of conscience to whisk a way the lives of millions. Compared to the 1.5 Million soldiers’ deaths in war since 1776, the 43 million deaths caused by abortion since 1973 is more than a travesty, it’s a plague. If that many people died of swine flu, would our nation fail to act? No way! Everyone who is in favor of abortion has already been born, and for those that argue it’s the right of the woman to choose fail to acknowledge that it is most assuredly NOT the will of those women who have yet to be born. Whenever we justify sin, especially sin that results in the departure of a soul, there can be no good excuse.