Saturday, March 2, 2024

OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Let children be children


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“So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel, whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me.”

– Ezekiel 33:7

I HAD AN EXPERIENCE last Friday afternoon and what an experience it was. I am prepared to share it with the public for what it is worth.

I was standing at the ATM machine behind an intelligent lady who could have been in the age range of 45 and 50. She was accompanied by a little girl who could have been seven or eight years old.

To my surprise the little girl was given the ATM card and was allowed to put in the PIN number and did the whole transaction.

What I saw really worried me and I was forced to say something to the lady. I said: “Madam you have just done something that was wrong. At some point in time, that same child will use that same ATM card without your knowledge and do a withdrawal.”

The lady’s reply to me was: “You are a member of the cloth and you must mind your business.”

What a pity.

I am sure that that same lady will find out at some time in the future whose business it is when the same girl does withdrawals unknown to her. Then it will not be my business, but her business with many headaches for a long time.

I must remind that lady and others that I am God’s watchman and when I see danger and I fail to give warning, I am guilty as well (Ezekiel 33:6). It is my opinion that children should not be allowed to do such things. An ATM pin number is secret and should remain so.

Too many adults are allowing children to do what adults should be doing. St Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 13) reminds us that when he was a child, he behaved like a child, but when he became a man, he put away all childish behaviour.

We must allow our children to grow up as children and we must stop forcing them to be adults before their time. That is why we are having so many problems with some of our young adults; it is a result of the adults and then we want to blame others except ourselves. We are blaming the young people for their behaviour today when we are giving bad examples for them to follow.

Please stop allowing children to do what is for adults and stop treating them as though they are eggs. If the children live they will be adults too.


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