Who is your hero?
If you asked a child this, they might say some famous basketball player, a movie star, a historical figure they learned about in school, or an actual superhero like Captain America.
But more often, they will say, “my dad” or “my mom”.
They’ve watched you from the beginning, learning how to talk and walk. They take cues from you on how to react or what to do when they are sad, mad, hurt, or happy. They even have some of the same mannerisms and facial expressions as you! They are like little sponges soaking up every detail.
Recently, an article was written in response to a book display at the local library. The display promoted “pride month” and books about choosing which gender you want to be and how to come out of the closet as a homosexual. This type of promotion is nothing new, however, what is so alarming is that it was in the children’s section and these are books targeting children. The article was very well written, encouraging the protection of the innocence of all children.
“And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which 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.” (Matthew 18:5-7)
As the disciples argue about who will be the greatest in the kingdom in which Jesus reigns, He shares with them in order to be a part of this kingdom, they have to become like children – humble, trusting, and innocent. He then goes on to explain what happens to those who mislead a child.
What are we teaching our children? Where are we pointing them? They look to us as their heroes, the ones who will stand for them, protect them, care for them and rescue them from the enemy. We must stand firm on the truth of Jesus Christ to show them how to love and honor their neighbors, to have a firm foundation of faith, and what it means to follow Jesus.
They are looking at you. Soaking in every detail. Where are you leading them?