A cry for help

Published: Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at 2:46 p.m.
From the pulpit, in our Christian education classes and even in Bible study, we preach and teach a very convincing message or lesson that Jesus can turn your life around. Yet I believe we miss out when it comes to what I consider to be one of life's most precious treasures: children.
The cries that come from the little people who are lost and less fortunate than some of us are increasing daily. While there is commitment from some who understand the plight of our young children, the plea for help continues to fall on deaf ears.
What is our responsibility as Bible-believing Christians when it comes to taking care of the forgotten, abandoned and neglected? The answer is simple. We are to make sure we give from the abundance of our heart and take care of the little ones who belong to God.
While laws that separate church and state restrict us in some capacity, our presence alone can make the difference in the attitude of a child.
Recently I made a decision to do a little more work in the public schools to help curtail the discipline problems children were having. What I found was more than what I had expected. I encountered kids who were literally and figuratively begging for somebody to help them. I figured if help was going to come then why couldn't it start with me.
When you think about it, the children are the innocent victims who cannot make decisions regarding where they will live, what they will eat or where they will play. So we find that environment impacts a child's life and often leaves them with little to choose from.
It is imperative that we heed the voice of those crying out daily for the support. Children want more out of life, and we who have been blessed should be more than willing to share the blessing of our time, commitment, money and resources that will make a difference. The "bad" boys or girls we've grouped and labeled as thugs, "hootchie mamas" and just plan old trifling don't need criticism, they need attention.
Just imagine how it would be for you to fend for yourself and fight off evil on a daily basis. Thousands of our children fall into this category as they struggle to survive. Yes, they have parents, but whatever happened to the extended family of adults who believed they could make a difference in the lives of children?
Before we close the door, put up do-not-disturb signs and consign them to perdition, let's look beyond the trouble they are in and contribute one of the most valuable resources anyone could ever give, ourselves.
The children deserve a fighting chance to prosper, gain and be in control of their destiny. We who are called must allow our callings to reach outside the gates of our comfort zone and work to turn things around.
The Rev. John S. Cowart is the pastor at Abiding Faith Christian Church.

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