It’s a passage we’ve probably heard referred to or used hundreds of times as Jesus welcomes the little children his disciples would have turned away. You may even have the song “Jesus Loves the Little Children” in your head. You’ve probably seen an image of Jesus smiling happily as children scramble into his lap like he’s Santa Claus.
But the passage beings “People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them …” It’s interesting to note because people were brought to Jesus to be healed by his touch, yet he clearly welcomes them, lifting them up as the example and assuming there is nothing wrong with them.
Children aren’t racist or sexist or any of the other “-ists,” society makes them that way. So let’s look back at when we first learned there were some children we could play with and some we couldn’t. Or perhaps when someone said we couldn’t play a game because we weren’t the right gender. Then ask yourself how you might have been different if allowed to be a child untaught by hate.