Religious education in schools has recently come to the foreground of contentious topics discussed among the Australian public, particularly in regards to Christian beliefs.
Whatever opinions people have about Jesus, few disagree with His morals and values, but some reject His straightforward claim that He is God.
Perhaps the overarching question parents in general have is 'what does this Jesus have to do with my children?'
Well, the answer is that just as parents agree that children are a great blessing and want nothing but the best for them, Jesus wants the best for your children too.
On one occasion as Jesus walked on earth parents brought their babies and little children to Him for prayer and for Him to bless them (see Matthew chapter 19 verse 13 and 14).
Jesus was already a well-known, influential teacher at this time and his disciples were trying to chase these little ones away, thinking Jesus had much more important things to do and say. However, Jesus' response to them was surprising...
"Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these'."
Although you may not personally hold to the Christian faith, will you let your little children come to Jesus for blessing?
Jesus said Heaven belongs to the little ones and He later sacrificed His life to give them a future with hope in this life and the next.
Whether through Christian education, Sunday school classes, teen youth groups or other programs, trust your children and allow them to be blessed by the knowledge that there is a loving God who cares deeply for them. •