Children Deserve a Christ-Centered World


As I read here and there about this week’s tragedy I can’t help wonder what’s happening to us.  Schools were places where Jesus and childchildren were bored, not afraid for their lives.  I’m also thinking about the right to life and thinking that it really is more encompassing than we think.

We often think of the right to life when we think of the unborn, the terminally ill and elderly who are threatened with euthanasia or assisted suicide, and those on death roll.  There is more to it than that.  Every human being who has been created has a right to be born and a right to live free of fear.  Life has six dimensions, all created by God.

First:  there is biology.  We’re animals and like every animal we’re conceived and throughout the course of our lives we evolve biologically from zygotes to senior citizens.  ImageDuring that process, our bodies change and adapt to new situations.

Second: there is the soul.  Unlike other animals that have a material soul that is finite, we have an immortal soul.  Once God calls it into existence it will never die.  It will remain with our bodies while we travel through life in this world and eventually be liberated from the body at the moment of biological death.  It will spend eternity in heaven or hell, depending on the choices that we make during our lives.

Third: we have a mind.  We are self-aware.  This is important.  Because the justification that many people use for abortion is the fetus is not self-aware.  However, the real question is this.  Is there any human being on this planet who knows himself?  Aren’t we all in the process of knowing more about ourselves with each experience?  What really is self-awareness?  Is it something that you achieve and move on or is it a dynamic process that lasts an entire life?  I would hate to think that God made us so boring and so limited that we can become fully self-aware by age 25.  Now, if I follow the norm, I have to live with myself until age 80.  OK, that’s only 55 years away.  For the next 55 years, I will become no more aware of myself, who I am, my purpose in life, my place in the universe and my destiny, because I have reached self-awareness.  That doesn’t sound right.  It’s a recipe for suicide; because we run the risk of becoming so bored with ourselves that the only way to get away from ourselves is suicide.  I don’t think God had this in mind.  Therefore, self-awareness begins in tiny steps in the womb and continues in steps to the tomb.

Fourth:  believe it or not, we have all some degree of intelligence.  OK, some of us have a hard time proving that we’re intelligent, but we are.  Human intelligence is not divorced from God.  I remember being in college studying for an exam in math history, yes there is such a thing as the history of math.  Since I was a math major, I had to take it.  But I digress, I was preparing for an exam.  It dawned on me that there is nothing in math that man created.  The Chinese, Arabs, Romans, Greeks, Mayans, Aztecs, Egyptians and every great civilization has made some contribution to mathematics, but no one has created mathematics.  Every mathematician has discovered a law that works.  We call them formulae, theorems, postulates, and functions.  Well, let’s look at this.  If there is a law that consistently works, did it come into existence randomly?  How is it that something that randomly appears on the horizon of human intelligence functions so predictably?  Does it change from being random to predictable?  In other words, are those things that are consistent such as a2 + b2 = c2 random expressions of order?  It seems that order is predictable.  Predictability has intent behind it.  If there is intent, there must be an intelligence behind these laws, an intelligence that is the Law-Giver itself.  In reality, human intelligence has two qualities.  First, it is capable of discovering, understanding and using the laws given to us by the Law-Giver.  Second, it is the living proof that there is a Law-Giver, since we have not created a single law of math or science.  Yet, we can understand them, use them, but we can’t control them.  They are static.  2 + 2 will always equal 4.

Fifth: are relationships.  We’re social animals.  Ethologists would say pack animals.  This is true.  Even a hermit needs human contact.  The Carthusians are a community of hermits.  Each brother lives in a cottage with a walled garden.  They work, pray, study, eat and sleep in their little cottages.  However, it’s interesting to note that the Carthusians all wear the Imagesame habit, follow the same schedule, and say the same prayers at the same time.  Even though they eat alone, they eat the same foods.  While they may be physically alone, they are socially connected to a pack.  Relationships take many forms, some healthy and some very dysfunctional.  God has revealed himself as a communion of relationship:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  He models for us how to live in relationship with others as one.  It is we who do not use our intelligence and our mind to pay attention and learn.  Then we wonder why we have conflict, terrorism and violence as we have seen this week.

Sixth and last:  we seek to transcend.  Even the most primitive cultures, no matter how disconnected they may be from monotheism believes that there is more to life than what is here and now.  We live in a beautiful world of expectation.  It’s a good expectation.  We expect to be called to the net life at any moment.  The question is, if it happens as suddenly and as violently as was the case this past week at the school, are we ready?

We want to see God.  We want to move beyond the complications of this world and find peace.  We want to love and be loved without contingencies.  All of this is possible, if we order our lives appropriately.  God does not choose for us how we order our lives, we choose this for ourselves.  Instead of ordering our lives toward that which lies ahead, we have disordered our lives.  Instead of seeking the transcendent God, we get stuck in pain, anger, resentment, fear and selfishness of the present moment.  These feelings release Imagethe destructive power of sin.  Sin seeks the opposite of transcendence.  Sin seeks to separate us from that which is ongoing and noble and it locks us in a present, which can be very threatening, dysfunctional, hateful and eventually violent.  It is a present without God.

I look at what happened this past week and I believe that the further we get away from God, the deeper that we go into this present without him and as a consequence, we’re going to see greater acts of violence.  The solution is simple.  We have to place God back in the center of our personal lives, families, communities and our nation.

As we prepare to commemorate God’s entrance into human history in Bethlehem 2000 years ago, let us not forget that the child in the manger was a victim child.  He was born with a price on his head.  It’s a price that we put there when we choose to leave God out of our lives or even part of our lives.  Let us look at the child in the manger, pick him up and make him the center of our journey through life.  Our children deserve to live in a world where God is present.  Let us allow Christ to come to our children.

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