Kids

Posted: August 24, 2011 in Serious Stuff, Words

This morning we dropped Sam off at his first day of preschool. He cried when we left (so did Liz) but it was an exciting moment. He’s growing up, learning new things all the time, speaking more clearly, counting, saying his ABCs. And this Friday, we’ll finally welcome baby #2, Nate, into the world. We’re fired up. It’s really a cool thing, having kids.

We’re not perfect parents, but I think we’re pretty good. We love our boys, and take care of them. And I remember every single day how blessed and privileged we are to live in the circumstances we do. I literally thank God every day for our home and food and opportunities. We are rich beyond measure, blessed beyond comprehension, and mindful of how fortunate we are. And when it comes to our kids, we do the best we can with what we’ve got. I think no matter where or how you live, that’s your job as a parent: Do the best you can with what you’ve got.

Now to shift gears a little…

Every morning when I come into the office, I have a little routine- check email, check social media, read news. This week, during the news portion of that routine, I’ve read some of the most horrific stories I’ve ever seen-

500 at Vigil for Beheaded Disabled Louisiana Boy

Affidavit details injuries to child authorities say died from severe abuse

Woman Convicted of Child Abuse in Hot Sauce Case

I. Do. Not. Understand.

I mean, I understand that we live in a fallen world. I understand that people are messed up. But in each of these cases- and countless more that are undocumented- an adult had to make the conscious decision to treat a child this way.

Child abuse, child labor, sex trafficking- these things are real, happening every day, and not just around the world. They’re happening in our country, sometimes in our county, sometimes down our street.

If you are a Christian, your responsibility is to pay attention to people, to circumstances, and to the world in which you live. If something susupicious is going on, you should look into it. It’s better to be nosy and wrong than passive and allow something terrible to happen right under your nose.

This time and place in which we live? This is our watch. It’s our shift. We’ve got to make sure that we’re doing the best we can, with what we’ve got, to ensure that injustice is fought on our watch. On our watch, we’ve got to feed the hungry, befriend the lonely, speak up for the oppressed and abused, remember the forgotten, rescue the forsaken.

It’s not just a good idea, it’s a command from God.

In what ways are you fighting against injustice and/or poverty? What else could you do? If you have links to resources or ideas, feel free to post them in the comments section.

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