News fills the headlines of homosexual caretakers sexually abusing children, sometimes killing them. We think biological parents are better. Yet they sometimes abandon, abuse, or kill their own children. Every week, it seems that another newborn baby is discovered in a trash bag, dumpster, or toilet – the umbilical cord still around it. Sometimes we’ll hear of parents on trial for the deaths of their small children. I recently watched two mothers scold their crying toddlers in public places. One child just wanted to be held. The other was supposedly “bad.” These women were cold and indifferent. They had no maternal affection.
Children are a priceless treasure from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). In the spiritual realm, God loves his children in Jesus Christ. He wants us to call him “Abba Father” (Romans 8:15). Through the Spirit, God feeds us the pure milk and strong meat of the Word (Hebrews 5:12-14, 1 Peter 2:2). God also promises us that like a nursing mother he won’t forget us; we are inscribed on his hands (Isaiah 49:15-16). So what is wrong with our society? Why are so many mothers and fathers today indifferent or cruel to their own children? Who will love these children?
Some people think homosexuals are just as good parents as heterosexuals. That is a lie, a propaganda tool of Communist states. Paul said that when people know God but refuse to worship him, exchange the truth of God for a lie, and worship creation instead, then he gives them up to uncleanness, vile passions that are against nature (homosexuality), and a reprobate mind (Romans 1:21-28). Such people are “without natural affection” (1:31). Yet Paul also said that in the last days people would be “without natural affection” (2 Timothy 3:3). Why?
The Greek word for this phrase is astorgos, the antonym of storge – family affection. God created us to love our offspring, just like most of the animal kingdom. He ridicules animals that don’t.
“[The ostrich] leaves her eggs on the ground, and warms them in the dust; she forgets that a foot may crush them, or that a wild beast may break them. She treats her young harshly, as though they were not hers; her labor is in vain, without concern, because God deprived her of wisdom and did not endow her with understanding.” – Job 39:14-17 (NKJV)
Contrary to evolution, we’re not animals. Instead, we’re human beings created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). He has given us wisdom and understanding. God is an affectionate parent. We should be too. Our lack of necessary affection, care, and love for our own children is unnatural. It seems impossible that a mother would “forget her nursing child and not have compassion on the son of her womb” (Isaiah 49:15, NKJV). Sadly, some mothers do “forget” (49:15).
Why do more men and women lack natural affection for their biological children today? Maybe it’s the difference between a sinner and a saint, but maybe not. I’ve seen some sinners love their own children more than churchgoers. This lack of parental affection is spreading worldwide by the hour like a fatal disease. Such people are “lovers of themselves” and pleasure more than God (2 Timothy 3:2, 4). They’re unthankful and unholy (3:2). These people also have a “form of godliness but deny its power” (3:5). Parents who lack natural affection for their own children may not be homosexual, but in their attitude toward God they’re just as reprobate.
I explained earlier that “what God loves, Satan hates” – especially children. He hates the godly seed (Malachi 2:15) and will do anything to destroy it. Abortion, a type of child sacrifice, is one method. Homosexuality, which denies the biological possibility, is another. Astorgos, a lack of parental affection, is a third. All these activities are unnatural and, therefore, demonic.
There is only one cure for astorgos and its sometimes deadly results. Parenting classes may help such people, but they can’t transform their sinful hearts. Only Jesus Christ can. God is love (1 John 4:8). Only those born again by faith in Jesus through the Holy Spirit know such love and demonstrate it toward others, children included (4:7). If we want to love our children as Jesus does, then we had better seek him at an altar – with repentance and tears.
In the meantime, let us love the children that others have abandoned, abused, or orphaned. Let us open our hearts and homes to them. God has adopted us into his family through Jesus Christ. Let us adopt children into our own families. If this isn’t an option, let us help struggling parents care for their children before the anti-God, pro-homosexual state (DCF) intervenes.
Let us also show respect for the dead – aborted babies, strangled newborns, and murdered toddlers – and fight for their precious lives. Through anointed prayer, let us bind Satan and release the Holy Spirit. Let us also seek the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33). Only during the millennium will divine peace and natural affection reign on this earth (Revelation 20:4).