Over the last few years my belief that pedophiles were at or near the lowest rung of human society has been challenged.
The truth is pedophiles get a lot of consideration, even deference from most of us.
We look away and pretend they are not predators. Shame on us.
No. The true bottom rung of human society is firmly occupied by children.
Because they are young, small, defenseless, and cannot vote children are not given the same consideration as adults–including the ones who have hurt them.
When I think of these stories of children being exploited, marginalized or abused, I think about Jesus.
Jesus, unlike many who profess his name, actually did protect children. He speaks unequivocally about the need to protect children and the grim consequences of not doing so.
Matthew 18 is the primer on this, but this is good as well–
Matthew 25:40,45 (NIV)
“The King will reply, `I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’  “He will reply, `I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
Our acts of compassion matter.
Believe it or not this comforts me. I made a lot of costly decisions for some small people once. It hurts to know how costly and how unrequited these decisions were.
Jesus reminds me that the good, the bad, and the ugly in my life is his. I stand behind his love. He paid the price…for all God’s children.