Friday, November 16, 2012

Through The Eyes Of A Child

Maybe it's just all too complicated.

The way we over-think things. Everything. From essays to events to what to have for lunch... It's just all too complicated.

Because you know what? That lunch - the taste, the calories, the price, the whole grain vs. white... It's not that big a deal.

And that essay - the therefores, the arguments, the quotes, the grade, the MLA format... It's not that big a deal.

And that event - the organization, the when and where, the who's-coming-with-who, the who's-coming-at-all... It's not that big a deal.

You know what is a big deal, though?

Injustice. Poverty. Discrimination. The fact that loving God has somehow lost it's counterpart of loving neighbours.

So why are we so worried about the this and that, when eternity is on the line?

I recently read Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird in English class.

Sometimes, it's good to be reminded why Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven belongs to children.

Because six-year-old Scout Finch can see injustice faster than any adult or any Christian in that book, and I pray I never ever become a Christian like the ones of Maycomb County, Alabama.

Because the Women's Bible Study in the book... It's not so far fetched. They're too comfortable to be bothered with injustice, and isn't that all of us?

Because when a man's life is taken because of the colour of his skin, only children weep. The grown-ups have become indifferent and that part - the part about grown-ups being indifferent - that part isn't fiction. That is all of us.

The Kingdom belongs to the children because their spirits are the ones that fight for it. They're the ones that cry because of injustice, but shouldn't we all be crying?

Sometimes, we over-think it all. We over-think God. We try to fit Him in a box called theology and we try to comprehend Him and I think that's kinda a waste of time. Sometimes, it's better to look at God through the simple eyes of a child.

Here's what I know. Jesus said to love. Love Him and love others with a child-like love, and yours is the kingdom of heaven.

"[Jesus] said to them, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.'" Matthew 10:14-15

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