Our Children

immigration-children-10pm-July-16Photo from KHOU

If we are all members of one world house, then all children are our children. If we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, then we are to love all children as our children. If we are to love our enemies, then we are to love the children of our enemies as our children.  If we are to care for the least of these among us, then we are to care for all children.

The children in Israel and Gaza are our children. The children in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan are our children. The children in war torn and famine stricken parts of Africa are our children. The children who lack shelter, food, clothing, and proper care in our midst are our children. The children who are the victims of trafficking and abuse are our children.

Here in the United States on our southern border, the children fleeing violence in Central America are our children. As a parent, it is very clear to me that I would never send my children unaccompanied to another country thousands of miles away unless it were for a very good reason. The children coming from Central America are refugees, and a humane society does not send refugees (especially children) back to the place where they may be murdered. The words “not our children, not our problem” should be heard no more. When children are in danger, no matter where, no matter who; it is our problem. If we are all members of one world house, then all children are our children.

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About Mark Y. A. Davies

Mark Davies is The Wimberly Professor of Social and Ecological Ethics and Director of the World House Institute for Social and Ecological Responsibility at Oklahoma City University. From 2009 to 2015, Mark was dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences and Wimberly Professor of Social Ethics at Oklahoma City University. Previously, Mark was dean of the Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University and Founding Director of the Vivian Wimberly Center for Ethics and Servant Leadership. Prior to becoming dean of the Wimberly School of Religion in 2002, he was associate dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University and chair of the department of philosophy. Mark has published in the areas of Boston personalism, process philosophy and ethics, and ecological ethics. Dr. Davies serves on the United Methodist University Senate, which is “an elected body of professionals in higher education created by the General Conference to determine which schools, colleges, universities, and theological schools meet the criteria for listing as institutions affiliated with The United Methodist Church.” He and his wife Kristin live in Edmond, OK in the United States, and they have two daughters. The views expressed by the author in this blog do not necessarily represent the views of Oklahoma City University.
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One Response to Our Children

  1. Jessica Zan says:

    Beautifully put, Mark. I cringe when I see the lengths people are going to to forget the persons we are hosting/discussing are children. The line “all children are our children” is particularly powerful for me.

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