Thursday, 9 September 2021
Title: Save Our Children
By Dr. Tho Lye Mun

According to a report by UNICEF, [1] “While the world has experienced many crises, COVID-19 presents unprecedented challenges. António Guterres, Secretary General of the UN, suggests that the coronavirus pandemic is quickly turning into a “broader child rights crisis”. Media coverage indicates an increase of domestic violence and violence against children. It is abundantly clear that risk factors for violence, abuse, and neglect are on the rise for children under containment. At the same time, some COVID-19 prevention measures have abruptly cut children off from positive and supportive relationships they rely on when in distress, including at school, in the extended family, and in the community.”

World Vision defines child abuse as more than just physical trauma, it also involves psychological trauma, child trafficking, child marriages, exploitation for profit, be it child labour, sexual gratification, and in extreme cases child murder or religious sacrifice [2]. They estimate 40.3 million adults and children are currently in forced labour, sexual slavery, and forced marriage. Alarmingly, one in four modern slaves is a child.

Children are a precious gift from God, and we are entrusted to love and care for them. Jesus said, (Matthew 19:14 ) “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” But as Christians we must open our eyes to the fact that child abuse and trafficking is a real and present problem. We have a duty to protect those who are powerless to defend themselves. As we do that, we remember that we fight against the powers of evil that seeks to corrupt. Nevertheless, we remember the fate of those who cause the innocent to fall into sin. Matthew 18:6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”

Prayer

Dear Lord, Your Word calls us to hunger and thirst for righteousness — a righteousness that leads to compassion. Lead us to this kind of faith that works to make a better world for all children.

  1. www.unicef.org/media/68711/file/COVID-19-Protecting-children-from-violence-abuse-and-neglect
  2. www.worldvision.org/child-protection-news-stories/matthew-25-protecting-children-prayer

每日灵粮
2021年9月9日,星期四
题目:拯救我们的孩子
作者:陶乃文医生
翻译:吴淑娉姐妹

根据联合国儿童基金会的报告显示(注1):尽管世界经历过许多危机,但冠状病毒正为全球带来前所未有的挑战。联合国秘书长安东尼奥•古特雷斯表示,冠病疫情正迅速地演变成"更大的儿童权利危机"。媒体报道显示:家庭暴力及针对儿童的暴力行为正有上升之势,更明显的是:在行动管制令下的儿童,他们受到暴力、虐待和忽视的风险亦有所增加。与此同时,儿童在平日遇到困难时可以倚赖的帮助,例如亲戚、学校及社会上的有关团体组织,也因一些为预防冠病传播的措施而突然切断了他们的联系。

世界宣明会认为虐待儿童的定义不仅是身体创伤,还包括心理创伤、贩卖儿童、童婚、童工、剥削儿童以谋取利益、从儿童身上获取性满足,以及在极端情况下,谋杀儿童或以宗教理由将儿童作献祭(注2),他们估计目前约有4千零30万成年人及儿童正被迫进行劳动、性劳役、或逼婚,令人震惊的是: 四分之一的现代奴隶正是儿童。

孩子是上帝赐予我们珍贵的礼物,我们受委托要爱护和照顾他们,耶稣在马太福音19:14说:"让小孩子到我这里来,不要禁止他们,因为在天国的,正是这样的人。"但作为基督徒,我们必须睁大眼睛看清楚这事实:虐待和贩卖儿童是一个肯定存在的问题。我们有责任保护那些无法自卫的人,当我们这样做时,要记得:我们正与令人腐败的邪恶力量抗衡,那些令无辜的人犯罪的人,他们的命运将会如何?马太福音18:6"凡使这信我的一个小子,跌倒的,倒不如把大磨石拴在这人的颈项上, 沉在深海里。"

祷告:

亲爱的主,祢的话语呼召我们,要我们饥渴慕义 ——一种对他人心生怜悯的公义,请带领我们建立这种信念,为所有的儿童创造一个更美好的世界。

  1. www.unicef.org/media/68711/file/COVID-19-Protecting-children-from-violence-cabuse-and-neglect
  2. www.worldvision.org/child-protection-news-stories/matthew-25-protecting-children-prayer