Matthew 18:5-6 – Child Porn?

Matthew 18:5-6
English Standard Version (ESV)

5 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Reflection:

In view of the recent events here in the Philippines, I am led to think of how this passage can relate to pedophile cases: Australian ‘pedophile’ to get 130 years if convicted.  What psychological and emotional impact could this be for the children (victims)!  What of their growing years knowing they’ve been subjected to child porn?  What emotional and psychological baggages would these children carry in the long haul.

Matthew 18:6 says, whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

As a father of 6 children with 5 under the age of 12 years old — how can I be responsible to them?  How do I monitor the movies they watch and games they play?  Am I slowly leading them to sin?

In addition, having 5 young ones is not as easy as it sounds.  Yet I always receive them with joy.  I believe deep in my heart that I am just a steward for these children entrusted by YHWH, who is our everlasting and true Father.

Matthew 18:5 says, whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.  So let this passage be a reminder to fathers and mothers, that the moment you carry your little ones, carry them in Yeshua’s name so you may receive him in your life as well.

As I have mentioned above, I believe deep in my heart as a father that I am first and foremost a steward to these children.  From my first born, I usually do and say these words the first time I carry them in my arms (this is the substance, not exactly the words): “Oh God, you are the true Father of this child, and I am but a steward.  Help me to be a good steward.  Help me to provide for his/her welfare and needs.  Before I am a father to this child, you are already a Father to him/her.  I know that through me, you will bless me, that I may bless this child.  May this child grow up to glorify you and serve you.”

Furthermore, as a father, I know it is my duty to support my child to grow up to be a God-fearing and loving person — as well as it is my duty to prepare him for life.

With all that said, as parents let us bring light to the lives of our children.  Let us lead them to the path of righteousness and grace.  Let us point to them the way to blessings, not curse.

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