I received this little tract in the mail from Rod and Staff Publishers, a Mennonite text book publishing company. I read through it and really liked what it had to say so I’m going to share a summary of it with you!
The tract starts out by talking about how Jesus loved the little children and rebuked His disciples when they tried to send away the mothers who wanted Jesus to bless their children. It goes on to say that children are the most helpless members of the human race who depend on others and as such they have certain rights.
These rights are as follows:
1) Children have the right to life. Jeremiah 1:5- Before I knew thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee.
2) Children have the right to be loved and accepted. Psalm 127:3- Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is His reward.
3) Children have the right to their parents’ time.
4) Children have the right to be guided by good role models. Collossians 3:20- Children, obey your parents in all things; for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
5) Children have the right to be properly disciplined and corrected. *(please note that it does not say- hit or beaten. It doesn’t even say punished.)* Please see my post on spanking.
6) Children have the right to be taught good values. Ephesians 6:4- Ye fathers provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
7) Children have the right to be taught about God, His Word, and His dominion in the earth. Deuteronomy 6:6-7- These words which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.