Jesus had the heart for the innocent, those who didn’t have the social power nor evil motives. Jesus came as the oppressed because he wanted to show people that you don’t need money to prove how Holy you are. You just need an open heart.
“At that time, the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.'”
– Matthew 18:1-5 [NKJV]
The reason why Jesus used children as an example of humility is that children at that time weren’t highly regarded in society. Children today are more valued, often to the point of idolatry, but even still, children don’t care about racism, classism, or any other social structure that divides people. Children just want to be happy; they appreciate the simpler things in life than most adults do.
If Jesus were alive today, He would have a heart for not just children but people with disabilities. Jesus has compassion for the innocent, and as Christians, we should protect the innocence of children and adults who are children at heart or have the mental comprehension of a child.
I was that child, and even still today, when my friend in Jacksonville preached a sermon about me on Instagram; it was heartwarming knowing I made an impact while I was down there. Nobody is 100 percent innocent (except Christ). Still, actual innocence comes when you become childlike (not childish)—being Childlike means having a desire to learn, being excited when good things happen, taking correction, and not feeling too proud to talk to people who are deemed less than by social standards. Being childish is the complete opposite of that.
This world will try to bring us down, but let us not forget about that childlike faith.