Jesus' View of Little Children

February 08, 2019 0 Comments

In light of the recent legislation in New York and the statements made by the Governor of Virginia, the issue of abortion is back on the front burner of our American discourse. This article is the fourth in a series of ten reasons why I believe Jesus is NOT a "liberal", as so many like to claim. So far we have seen Jesus' view of Sin, Jesus' view of the Scriptures, and Jesus' View on Origins. Today we look at Jesus' view of Little Children.

The preciousness, or sanctity, of human life is seen in our Lord’s attitude toward little children. When the disciples urged Jesus to send the children away, because they were bothersome to the Lord’s busy schedule, He rebuked them saying: “Suffer (permit) the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto Me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 19:14). And when the disciples were arguing over who would be the greatest in Christ’s kingdom, he placed a little child in their midst and answered: “Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3).

Both of these passages illustrate the place little children have in the heart of God. They also emphasize the fact that it takes humility, and simple “child-like” faith in order to be saved. The sin that keeps people from coming to God is their own selfish pride and arrogant attitudes. “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). In a world filled with haughty, self-sufficient people who think they don’t need God’s help, God says: “By grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph. 2:8-9).

Of all the deplorable acts of wickedness in our world, is there any as great as child molestation? Society has no tolerance for sexual predators who hurt innocent children, and rightly so. Jesus had no tolerance for them either. “Whoever shall offend (hurt) one of these little ones who believe 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” (Matt. 18:6). These are probably the harshest words Jesus ever spoke! Not only is it heinous to hurt a child physically, but it is also a terrible thing to hurt a child spiritually. Note the language here: “Whoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in Me”.

Nearly everyone in our civilized society agrees that the detestable sexual abuse of children by deviants is tragic. But there is another form of “hurting innocent children” that is not only being practiced, but actually being defended, in our current culture. I speak of the tragedy of abortion. As a nation, we have thrown away all moral sensitivities by allowing abortions to be committed against innocent human life. The old argument of the abortionists that the fetus in the womb is not “human life” is absurd; it is ridiculous. In an age of advancing ultrasound technology, the pathetic attempt of some to deny that abortion is the destruction of innocent human life falls flat fast.

Most certainly Jesus would agree with the Psalmist who wrote: “For Thou hast possessed my inward parts; Thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise Thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hidden from Thee when I was made in secret, and intricately wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unformed, in in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned when as yet there was none of them” (Psa. 139:13-16). David here describes his life as an unborn child in his mother’s womb (notice all the personal pronouns he uses, proving that he was a person in the womb). Since Jesus believed in a literal understanding of the Old Testament, including this passage, Jesus obviously believed human life began at conception, not birth.

In my book, “The Sanctity of Human Life”, I try to make the philosophical connection between evolution and abortion. “The entire argument over abortion hinges upon one’s view of the origin of man—the beginning life. Either the human race is the result of God’s special creation or it is the product of naturalistic evolution. Either man has intrinsic value or he is merely the survivor of a series of accidents. Creationism results in a high and holy view of human life, a view that says we are made in the image of God (Gen. 1:27). Evolution, on the other hand, is a philosophy producing a low, impersonal, fatalistic concept of life. There is a direct correlation between evolution and abortion. Darwin’s concepts of natural selection and survival of the fittest find their ultimate end in the atrocity we call abortion. Darwin’s view was this: the strong survive, the weak are the unfortunate but necessary victims of the whole process. No wonder those who think they came from animals practice an animalistic morality.

Looking at this issue from God’s viewpoint (not a political perspective), the Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade was the worse travesty of justice this country has ever experienced. The right to life, upon which our nation was founded, trumps any imagined, so-called “right to privacy”. O, how Jesus’ heart must grieve over this holocaust, this wholesale loss of precious human life. I can assure you that if Jesus were on earth today, He would not be happy with, or accepting of, the liberal’s position on "women's reproductive rights" and the entire "pro-choice" movement.

I have been asked several times why I vote for Republican candidates, even those whose crude personality and blustering manner leaves me disappointed. The answer is actually quite simple. I could never vote for a liberal Democrat who champions the cause of “pro-choice” and favors abortion rights. That one issue alone, along with the hope that one day there’ll be enough conservative Supreme Court justices to reverse Roe vs. Wade, is what motivates me to vote the way I do. When I enter the voting booth, I envision myself standing before God and trying to justify supporting an abortion-rights candidate. It’s as simple as that.

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.