Eye on the world: The innocence of children—a path to peace

In “Liberating child soldiers as a path to peaceThe Christian Science Monitor’s Editorial Board writes “In recent years, the United Nations and others have discovered a new tool to curb violence in war-torn nations: Ask the combatants to stop recruiting children as soldiers. It is a heart-touching appeal to protect the most innocent in a society, and one that has brought some progress, according to a new UN report on children and armed conflict…. [T]he progress made so far shows how much global attitudes about child soldiers have changed since 1989, the year the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was ratified. In 2014, the UN launched a campaign to end the recruitment of child soldiers. In addition, many activist groups have been successful in rehabilitating child soldiers from a life of violence in post-conflict societies.”

Ideas on this subject:

From the Bible:

I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, … yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Ezekiel 37:26, 27

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

Children should be allowed to remain children in knowledge, and should become men and women only through growth in the understanding of man’s higher nature.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 62

Beloved children, the world has need of you,—and more as children than as men and women: it needs your innocence, unselfishness, faithful affection, uncontaminated lives.

Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 110

Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:

In “Tenderness”: “The creator of all, the Father-Mother of the universe, actually loves His creation with a tenderness which is measureless! This means that man, individual man, is cared for, protected, governed by divine Love, absolutely perfectly.” And “Were men clearly to realize that God’s idea, man, is forever at-one with God, is forever at-one with divine Love, which is infinite, all fear would be destroyed, and they would be rendered immune from every form of disaster, and from every form of human suffering.”

In “Protecting childlike Innocence”: “Yet even as we see and hear reports that suggest children’s innocence is being undermined, we can realize that there is an innate innocence in each one that cannot be tarnished or diminished. It is their innate purity as God’s children.” And “Our prayers to better understand this are needed, and we can expect that they will lead to more effective means of protecting children—of valuing, respecting, and guarding their genuine spiritual identity.”

The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.

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