Babies are interesting teachers of theology, and they have a lot to teach us. They do not know hatred, bigotry, racism, sexism, all the baggage that we, as adults, carry with us (whether we see it in ourselves or not).
As long as you hold and support a baby properly, s/he doesn’t care who you are. Bottle, diapers, and holding are all a baby wants, and they care little who provides it. They do not see your race, your religion, your orientation, they just want to know that they are loved, and they will return that love, no questions asked.
Somewhere along the line we pick up all of that baggage. We learn to hate people whose skin color is different, whose beliefs in God are different from ours, who are not from our country, who…. You get the picture. Where we learned this is not important, how we deal with it is.
Jesus taught about love:
Matthew 5:44-45 (RSV) I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust… You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Mark 12:32 (RSV) ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
Mark 12:33-34 (RSV) …to love him (God) with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
Luke 6:27-29 (RSV) “But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt.”
Luke 6:37 (RSV) “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;”
Luke 6:35 (RSV) “Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish.”
What he was saying is that we need to go back to when we were like babes in the arms of those who held us. Love. Unconditionally. Show love to others, whether they show it to you or not.
Mark 10:14 (RSV) (he) said to them, “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”