There is something very dark happening throughout the world to our most precious, the children. In the Middle East, they are being used as pawns, tortured, raped, maimed and even killed. Used to force parents to convert or confess. There are horrific stories reported about these abuses. Reports recently from the UN show children starving, eating grass and living in boxes in Syria. The crimes being executed against these precious, helpless children are implausible and preposterous to us in the West, yet they are happening daily. It seems the West has turned it’s back not willing to deal with the issue. But these faces will be forever etched in our minds, and most importantly God’s mind.
Children are very precious in God’s eyes. They are not considered less in His eyes. Every child is a gift from heaven. We have done a great disservice to these suffering children of the world, ignoring the atrocities committed against them. Hearts have closed to their plight.
There are reports of torture that no one should endure, cigarette burns, ripping out of fingernails, rape, and even death.And targeted by rebel snipers in Syria. There are credible reports that children are recruited as soldiers. Children have been used as shields for terrorists, and a cover for weapons. This is pure unadulterated evil. What does God say? Does He say children are expendable, and they are less, or of a lesser God? No!
- Psalms 127:3 – Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
- Matthew 19:14 – But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
- Matthew 18:10 – Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
- Mark 9:37 – Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.
There are many words from God in the Bible regarding His Children. Many words that go unheeded. There are a few that are trying to help, but for the most part those in a position to help close their eyes. And they are describing the humanitarian crises as the worst since WW2, as world food program are cutting rations.
Children should be held in high regard all in the world, as they are our next ‘Generation’. Certainly we know that God hold’s them in the Highest Esteem.
What can you do? Help us to educate the West on the atrocities taking place. Share these stories, speak out at church, ask your Church leaders to raise awareness. Write and call your representatives, and most of all pray. There are those that think prayers go unanswered, but they do not. Our prayers are taken before God. Pray for these innocent children, for they to are our brother’s and sister’s. Please pray for young and old suffering through this persecution.
‘Eating grass to survive’ in besieged Homs (BBC News)
Living in a Box, Eating Weeds: Syria’s Children on the Edge (NBC News)
U.N. Report Details Abuse of Children in Syrian War (New York Times)
FAQs: War in Syria, children, and the refugee crisis(World Vision)
C. Refsland, VOP Advocate