Causing Young Minds To Stumble

[Matthew 18:1-10]

In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” Jesus called a little child to himself, and set him in the midst of them, and said, “Most assuredly I tell you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever receives one such little child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him that a huge millstone should be hung around his neck, and that he should be sunk in the depths of the sea.

“Woe to the world because of occasions of stumbling! For it must be that the occasions come, but woe to that person through whom the occasion comes! If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life maimed or crippled, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into the eternal fire.

If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. See that you don't despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.

What are we teaching the young students, righteous ways or ways of hatred?

In our effort to educate our society's young minds, we should not resort to desperate means. Teaching them to hate evil does NOT mean teaching them to hate the person who may have done the evil thing. Teaching them to abhor unrighteousness does NOT mean teaching them to mock and be sarcastic to the person who did an abominable thing.

High School and elementary students are not yet fully capable of making a genuine stand on their own on hard political issues. To exploit and abuse their young minds in such a way as to boost our so-called moral cause is not just causing them to stumble in their early walk with God, but in the first place it is causing them to veer away from the right path with God.

Let us therefore be careful and discerning in our present political struggle because in times of moral crisis where hope seems to be fading, inappropriate emotions could sometimes rule the heart making us vulnerable to false and sinister sympathies and will cause many to stumble.

When we see red flags in rallies and people are chanting hate slogans, whose/what ideological spirit is it that is moving? When we see young minds started to be corrupted in such way as shown in the photos, whose/what inculcation technique is it that is operating?

Although their ideology's schemes and tactics seem to be relatively irrelevant in this current political crisis our nation is undergoing right now, yet it is there and very active (not what most of us think that it is somewhat inactive and ineffective).

Are you still wondering what I mean? It is the Godless communist ideology of people like JoMa Sison! It is like a roaring lion seeking whom it may devour. Whichever/whoever in our society it deems are hurt morally or weak mentally or unsure ideologically, it exploits them using a very clever and deceptive scheme.

This is a basic strategy of a sinister ideology: They like to stir the people up to cause their bloods to boil with overwhelming outrage toward their very own government so that the land may be in turmoil, and that in the sidelines they may quietly devour the minds of those who fall "wounded" in the struggle.

This ideology would appreciate it very much if the administration of a government would react in such a way as to curtail the people's right to assembly and freedom of expression because this will lead to violent dispersion of rallies and warrantless arrest -- and worse, martial rule.

An administration whose cabinet members and advisers consists of some high-ranking retired military officers are very prone to falling into this trap of a sinister ideology because their reactions to crisis situations such as this are influenced by the background and mindset of a military strategist -- more of psychological warfare and almost none of spiritual warfare because they were trained that way.

But the Bible said in Ephesians 6:12, "Our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world's rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places."

In this present crisis our nation is undergoing, this is an excellent opportunity for such an ideology to employ its basic strategy - and in fact they are already doing it in the background with most of us ignoring it because we think we can make use of them but in reality we are the ones who are being used. We have become very vulnerable because of our legitimate "righteous indignation" toward the present administration because of overwhelming corruption.

What a very hard trial this is that we are undergoing. While we are struggling to right the wrongs in our government and society, on the sideline (if not already within and among us) we are being exploited by a Godless ideology.

Lord God, strengthen us in our struggle. Let the light of discernment not depart from us; lest we be lost and veer away from the right path. Guard our young minds to whom all the struggles of today are sacrificed for their future.