Notes from El Salvador
A Guest Message From Pastor Emely in El Salvador
Dear brothers and sisters,
Mark 10: 13-16 - Jesus Blesses Little Children
People were bringing little children to Jesus in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it." And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
When we think about celebrating the day of boys and girls, Jesus calls people to take a position of boys and girls. In their way of acting, the way they think and speak, children seem to be invested with an unalterable faith in their Heavenly Father and in the ability and willingness of God to answer their prayers. When a child prays, God listens; because their trust is total and they pray with such confidence.
In all countries according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of children there is a day dedicated to commemorate and remember the great task that society has with children. As a church, we are called to cultivate in children and in families, in the face of the violence they experience, we are called, not to teach the children to defend themselves against the aggressors, but to build a culture of awareness and care for these little ones.
If all the boys and girls could count on loving parents, a stable home and good friends, how wonderful their world would be! Unfortunately, many children do not have that blessing. There are many who witness the brutal blows that the father gives the mother, while others receive those blows themselves. What cowardice, what depravity, what shame! And, as if that were not enough, in extreme cases, many children do not have a biological family. The same situation of economic poverty or values has led children to abandon their activities as children and dedicate themselves to activities that belong to the realm of adults.
Everywhere the little bruised and beaten children arrive at the hospital, along with blatant lies that "he ran into the door" or "fell down the stairs". These liars and evildoers who mistreat them will someday reap the storm of their evil deeds. The silent, hurt, offended children, sometimes victims of abuse and incest, should receive our help.
The sexual abuse of children is one of the most depraved, destructive and demoralizing crimes of a civilized society. Unfortunately, there is an alarming increase in reports of physical, sociological and sexual abuse of children.
The Church does not accept such vile and perverse behavior, but condemns, in the most severe terms, this treatment of the precious children of God. We must rescue, teach, love and heal the children who suffer in this way. And we must bring the offenders to justice, make them responsible for their actions and force them to receive professional treatment for their diabolical behavior. If we know of someone who abuses children and we do nothing to stop the culprit, we become accomplices; we share the guilt. The church is called to fulfill its role as a prophetic voice that cares for and defends the rights of children.
There are three arenas where the church has the opportunity to develop and educate:
- The family
- The school
- The church
When these three are in harmony and contain a message that offers practical daily life applications, then our children will be healthy and they will learn to make responsible decisions. It is then that, as a church, we will be manifesting the values of the Kingdom of God.
In Christ, Pastor Emely Chavez