From The Pastors

Regularly one of our pastors will share a sermon, reflections on religion, or what’s going on around the community and the world. Our current message is below:

Innocence

From Rev. Solomon Keal, Assistant to the Pastor
August 14, 2017

“Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.” (Matthew 18:2-5)
As adults we are often in the interesting position of being both “parents” and “children.” We are parents or guardians of children, we are teachers of children, we are aunts, uncles or grandparents, or we are simply that cool grown-up that children look up to. And in those ways we find ourselves in the Lord’s role, as the Divine Parent and Teacher of all. But we are also all children of God, in the role of the ones being taught and guarded.
New Church teachings tell us that children represent innocence. And as adults we should strive for that kind of innocence. “The changes which affections undergo from young childhood to adult life were also shown by variations in the face. I was allowed to see how much of young childhood was preserved in adult life, and that it was this that gave adult life its essentially human quality. For innocence–the external form of it–is present in a young child, and innocence constitutes that essentially human quality. Indeed, innocence is so to speak the basic attribute into which love and charity from the Lord can enter.” (Secrets of Heaven 4797)
So innocence, as represented by children, is an extremely important attitude for us to develop in our adult spiritual lives. And I think we actually become better parents, teachers, guardians and adults when we identify more with the ones being taught, than with the One doing the teaching.
“You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to young children.” (Matthew 11:25; Luke 10:21)

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