SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN
By Paul Proctor
July 12, 2002
It has been my observation that for evil to progress it must deceive. It has to be able to appear to be what it is not in order to advance in our culture and in our own individual lives. Few of us, if any, choose evil because it is evil. We choose evil after having been seduced by charming words and images or persuaded by the lying desires of our own sinful nature. From the forbidden fruit of Genesis to the Antichrist of Revelation, man chooses evil time and again simply because he has been deceived into believing it is somehow good. And man is only deceived when he turns from the wisdom of God to his own finite knowledge and understanding of the world around him.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)
Nowhere is this more evident than in the daily use of children to advance adult agendas. By nature our world views children as life’s purest expression of innocence. It is with this erroneous notion that evil successfully employs children to accomplish its ends. A more recent example of this is atheist Michael Newdow’s disgraceful use of his own daughter to attempt the removal of the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. After essentially making her his Exhibit A and hiding the fact that she was not only a willing participant in reciting the Pledge at school but was a professing Christian to boot, he responds to critics who question his lies and deceit by hypocritically stating he’d rather “keep his daughter out of it”. How absurd! Please understand, it is not my intention to argue the validity of the controversial 1954 “under God” addition to the Pledge of Allegiance in this commentary as so many already have but rather to demonstrate the way children are shamelessly exploited by cowardly adults on a daily basis to advance their own personal appetites and agendas.
How often have we heard from the lips of lofty liberals that virtually everything they do is “for the children?” It’s safe to say that we heard it often enough from the Clinton administration for it to become not only a cultural cliché but also a favorite punch line among conservative talk show hosts. It is certainly no secret that those who promote such things as socialism, humanism, paganism, feminism, terrorism, homosexuality, pedophilia, abortion, pornography and the occult regularly employ children as tools, toys, experiments, props, punishment, bribes, blackmail, symbols, soldiers, shields, sacrifices, beggars, laborers and mascots for use in each of their respective causes in a covert attempt to legitimize sin, gratify self and manipulate public opinion through raw emotion, sexual desire, “family values”, comedy, music, entertainment, false religion, social engineering, journalistic propaganda and junk science.
Who are these children? They’re interns, alter boys, boy scouts, girl scouts, public school students, step-daughters, runaways, pageant girls, gang members, drug dealers, illegal aliens, crack babies, child stars, child prostitutes and child support recipients with names like O’Hare, McCorvey, Gonzales, Koresch, Smith and Culkin. And let’s not forget the 40 million unborn children with no names at all who’ve been brutally snuffed out for the cause of “women’s rights”.
As we “grown-ups” go through life heralding our various passions and causes I think we would do well to remember the less than tolerant words of Jesus Christ concerning the misuse and abuse of children.
“And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.” (Mark 9:42)
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Paul Proctor, a rural resident of the Volunteer state and seasoned veteran of the country music industry, retired from showbiz in the late 1990's to dedicate himself to addressing important social issues from a distinctly biblical perspective. As a freelance writer and regular columnist for News With Views, he extols the wisdom and truths of scripture through commentary and insight on cultural trends and current events. His articles appear regularly on a variety of news and opinion sites across the internet and in print. Paul may be reached at [email protected].