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.
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.