Two fellow pastors have contributed to this important discussion. Pastor Rob Hadding writes:
One would be hard pressed to find examples in the Bible of where parents are instructed are to exclude children from worship or the feasts. In fact, there are many places where the Bible explicitly instructs the people of God on how to include them. But, and this is the root of the matter, it is not our practice in American Evangelical culture to look to the Bible to see how we ought to be doing things. Rather, we look to the culture, asking the world for its wisdom. Where is our biblical theology of children? Where is our biblical theology of family? Where is our biblical theology of worship?
Pastor Toby Sumpter also touches on this in his piece, and concludes:
All I mean is that God designed worship to include other people and especially other little people, children. Real worship includes those people next to us, in the row behind us, and in front of us. It’s certainly true that without discipline or teaching, they can become distractions, but the fact that they are there, needing attention, smiling, waving, drawing pictures, and doing their own best to worship is glorious and nothing to be regretted or despised. And you, parents, if you are holding their hands and lifting your hearts to the Lord, then your worship is accepted. You are received, loved, rejoiced over by your Father in Heaven. You are worshiping, really worshiping.
It is time that we restore our little children to worship! They have been exiled long enough!
(For a more extended article on this topic, see Pastor Randy Booth’s Little Children and the Worship of God}