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Child Hope

"Children are a gift from God"; they are his reward."

Psalm 127:3-Living Bible

In this month of October the "Day of the Child" stands out. Great is the promotion made to satisfy commercial interests which the date makes possible, under the false pretext of making the child notable. Congresses, debates, pronouncements, festive and recreational events, proposals of solutions to resolve questions as to the series of problems called "child".

All is done with much ostentation and personal exhibition of "capability" and "specialized knowledge of the subject" by the most diverse "personalities" in the scientific, social and educational areas, including businessmen, governors, politicians and religious leaders. Means of communication actuate with marked presence, taking advantage of the fat funds which the self-seeking sponsors place at their disposal.

In this setting, which is repeated every year, the motto "Child Hope" has been adopted with frequency and eminence. The purpose of this motto is to evidence the fact that the child is a hope for better days.

Is this really true in the present context? It seems not! The truth is that all is no more than a great show of hypocrisy and falsehood! Starting with the fact that all this bombastic performance is mere acting and does not reflect a real will that the child may be hope. All is no more than a pretext to satisfy greedy, little advisable and even questionable interests! A farce! The child is only a simple "object" of opportunist use!

What a shame! What is the picture which every year is placed before society? That of an infant population which is full of problems, without hope, abandoned, subject of violence and violent, living in drugs and in depressing infantile prostitution, aimless, hungry, deprived of instruction, humiliated and exploited!

What is this story of "Child Hope" facing this sad reality? Could the child be at fault? Of course not! The culprits are the hypocritical society, the family alienated from God, those who hold political, religious and financial power.

The Psalmist states: "Children are a gift from God"! There is nothing more precious in the world than children. As a "gift" they must be a) "desired", as something of uncommon value and very precious; b) "valued" as incomparable assets granted by the Lord; c) and well "looked after", with total and permanent application.

The Psalmist continues: "they are his reward". What reward is this which the infant world, so degraded, represents? The fault is not of God nor of the children. The main responsibility is of the family, solemn institution of the Lord, alienated from God.

In Psalm 78:3-8 we see how the family can, safely, produce the "Child Hope":

  • The efficient teaching of the experience of the parents – He says (vv. 3,4): "I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us; we will not hide them from their children". The text emphasizes: "Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done." It is seen there that the "efficient teaching" is that which is transmitted with the power of our own experience with God, through His "praises", and "His strength" and "His wonderful works" experienced by us. It is this which is valid in the "efficient teaching"! Then we can say that "child is hope" (future generation).
  • The value of the Word of God (vv 5,6) – The fundamental and irreplaceable basis for the formation of the "Child Hope" is the Word of God. See the text: "He established a testimony … and appointed a law … which He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children." There is no "first reader" which can take the place of the Word of God! Note the detail of the recommendation in the text: "That the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children." Here we have declared the uncommon value of the Scriptures so that the "Child Hope" may arise!
  • The trust in God and obedience to His Word (vv. 7,8) – The efficient result is defined here: "That they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments." This is the type of "Child Hope" which we should desire. "Child Hope" which will not be "stubborn", will not be "rebellious", will not be of "unfaithful spirit towards God".

Outside of this biblical standard there is no way to honestly declare that "child is hope"! As a Christian family let us create the "Child Hope" (Eph. 6:4).