Is child sacrifice still practiced in our world?
Rose Marie Berger, a Roman Catholic peace activist and poet, calls her church to repentance concerning the worship of the ancient god Molech, enemy of Israel, whose "... outstretched arms of bronze were held in fire until red hot, then living children were placed in his hands." (Sojourners, December 2018) Child sex abuse on a mass scale has been uncovered in the Roman Catholic Church, but such abuse is not limited to Roman Catholics. There were more than 7,000 claims of alleged sexual abuse reported from Protestant Evangelical Churches between 1987 and 2007 and more than $87 million in claims paid (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 2007). Recently, the Word of Faith Church in Spindale, N.C., has been in the news for its alleged abuse of children.
On one occasion Jesus and said, "Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. If any one of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea." (Matthew 18:5-6)
What about the children? A recent "60 Minutes" report tells us that as many as 5,000 children have been held on our borders since our present administration in Washington took over in 2016. And many of these children have been separated from their families, a disaster for all concerned. At the time of the birth of Jesus, King Herod in a rage "... sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years older or under ..." (Matthew 2:16) Mary and Joseph, in order to save Jesus, had to leave Israel and immigrate to Egypt as refugees.
Yes, it is time for the church to repent of its abuse of children and get its house in order, but it is also time for the "Herods" of this world to repent and be held accountable for their abuse of children.
Herbert Hash Jr.