Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.
This sweet song has been sung by many children and their families since the late 1800’s. No one knows the exact date when C. Herbert Woolston penned this, but he based it on the verse in Matthew 19:14 “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Ironically, the tune was composed by George Frederick Root as an 1864 Civil War tune titled “Tramp, Tramp, Tramp, the Boys are Marching.” He wrote it from the perspective of a union soldier in prison, waiting for the war to be over; so he could experience freedom once again.
This song came to my mind recently as the events in Charlottesville played out over the weekend. This is 2017, 152 years since the Civil War ended and slavery was abolished. We have come so far, yet apparently we still have a long way to go.
Be Careful Little Eyes What You See
It’s hard to believe what took place in this small town in Virginia. What perhaps was thought to be a group of people who cared about a statue, wanting to preserve it for nostalgia purposes – turned into a riot which killed an innocent young woman and injured dozens more. It was a hate rally.
I watched a video presented by VICE news. They were interviewing people who participated in this event. It is posted here. Watch it at your own risk. It is not a fabricated story. It is real. And it is scary. This event in Charlottesville is only one of many others planned across the US.
There is an enemy and he comes in all forms and I believe that includes those who are neo-nazi and white nationalist.
This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land
We are all different. Not only by the color of our skin, but also in our eyes and hair color. Besides the many types of religion, people are also different based on their gender. We come from all over the land to work together, to make the world a safer place.
So no matter how different we are, we need to stay united against the evil in this world. We need to remember the verse found in John 16:33 “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!” We read the end of the book – God wins. Love wins.
Jesus Loves the Little Children
Although the lyrics acknowledge that Jesus loves “the little children”; we know God will continue to love us as we become adults. God encompasses all people, no matter where you live or whom you love. We are all created by Him.
God wants us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
When I was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, we had neighborhood block parties. Everyone brought their favorite foods along with a table setting, and sat down for an evening of fun, food, and fellowship.
That’s what’s missing. People are too busy to get to know their neighbors, so then people become suspicious when we notice something is different about them.
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
We have to develop trust among people who are different than us. There is always a chance you might find someone who is mad at the world and hates everything and everyone around them. If that happens, then take a step back. Walk away and don’t engage with them alone. Always have others by your side if you feel the need to address the situation.
It’s more likely you’re going to find a new friend. When you’re out and about, greet others with a smile. Sometimes you don’t know how much you have in common until you join them in a conversation.
We need to stick together through whatever comes our way. We need to be the United, not divided, States of America.