At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. - Matthew 18:1-5
The obituary of childhood
Updated by Ravi Zacharias
In the 1950's kids lost their innocence. They were liberated from their parents by well paying jobs, cars, and lyrics in music that gave rise to a new term; the generation gap.
In the 1960's, kids lost their authority. It was the decade of protest; church, state, and parents were all called into question and found wanting. Their authority was rejected, yet nothing ever replaced it.
In the 1970's, kids lost their love. It was the decade of me-ism dominated by hyphenated words beginning with self. Self-image, self-esteem, self-assertion; which all made for a lonely world. Kids learned everything there was to know about sex and forgot everything there was to know about love, and no one had the nerve to tell them there was a difference.
In the 1980's, kids lost their hope. Stripped of innocence, authority, and love and plagued by the horror of a nuclear nightmare, large numbers of this generation stopped believing in the future.
In the 1990's, kids lost their power to reason. Less and less were they taught the very basics of language, truth and logic and they grew up with the irrationality of a postmodern world.
In the new millennium, kids woke up and found out that somewhere in the midst of all this change, they had lost their imagination. Violence and perversion entertained them till none could talk of killing innocence since none was innocent anymore.
Are even children allowed to be like children anymore in this day of age?
If not what are the ramifications?