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No room for people, no room for children

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Here is a quote from Francis Schaeffer’s book, The God Who Is There, “This is the conclusion that modern man has reached, below the line of despair.  He has tried to build a system out from himself, but this system has come to the place where there is not room in the universe for man.”

Yesterday I read an article stating that the best thing we can do for the environment is to have no more than two children.  I tried to find it so I could put the link here, but I don’t remember how I found it!  Anyway, this kind of thinking is leading to a gradual disappearance of people from the face of the earth.  Many countries are struggling economically because they do not have enough people to do the work.  Some countries are even offering incentives for families to have more than two children, because they are seeing the devastating effects of limiting family size. 

This passage from Malachi 2:13-16 says, “And this second thing you do.  You cover the Lord’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand.  But you say, ‘Why does he not?’  Because the Lord was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.  Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union?  And what was the one God seeking?  Godly offspring.  So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth.  For the man who hates and divorces, says the Lord, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts.  So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.”  This is obviously referring mostly to divorce, but it makes the point about what God wants from our marriages: godly offspring.  So do we listen to the scientists who are reasoning from themselves or do we listen to God, who made us?  Some of us may only be able to have two children, or one or even none, but the point is to raise up as many godly children as God desires to bless you with (and I believe He gives each couple wisdom in this area as they seek Him).  If we decide our family size based on our selfishness (reasoning from ourselves) we can be sure that this does not please God.  If we have already done this in the past, we can also be sure that our God is a merciful God who forgives us when we repent. 

A sign of revival is seen in Malachi 4:5, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.  And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.” 

Abortion, the pill and other abortifacient birth control methods are not glorifying to God.  Neither are fathers and mothers who only focus on themselves and only produce children as trophies or experiences to add to their “belts”.  These things do bring about the promised destruction.  For one thing, if we don’t have children, who will take our place when we die? 

I know that all of us can be guilty of selfish parenting at times, so this is not the time to judge others.  We need to evaluate our own hearts.  May we follow God’s call to raise up godly children for His service.  It is really about His glory, and not our own comfort.  Which do we prize the most?   

When we hear the propaganda about women’s rights, over-population,  and global warming (more people making it worse) let us go right to God’s word to have our minds renewed.  Children are a blessing to their parents, and to society, when they are raised up in godly homes.  Women who make raising godly children their career are highly esteemed by God.  The rewards are eternal, but there are many benefits we can experience here in our lifetimes as well. 

May God envision us for the task ahead.  And when things are difficult, because being a mom is a lot of work, let us remember that it is not about us or for ourselves, but it is for God’s glory. 

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Author: Cassie

Follower of Jesus, wife and mom to the most wonderful family I could ever ask for.

2 thoughts on “No room for people, no room for children

  1. Amen. Thanks for expressing this so boldly.

  2. Cassie,

    I agree with you that children are a blessing and I count the blessing of the stewardship of our two (so far) children Merry and Elijah as a sign of God’s grace in our life (many of my friends have struggled to conceive).

    Now let me challenge you in love. . . the first passage you quote was written to Israel through Malachi regarding the marriage of God’s chosen people to other (additional, in some cases) foreign women (non-Israelites) which was strictly prohibited in Exodus 34:14-16 and Deut.7:3. Further, they were agreeing (by marrying into these families) to worship their false gods. If you look up in Chapter 2 starting in verse 10, you can see the context.

    Have your convictions on a subject, but be careful to avoid using God’s Word in an unintended (out of context) way to back up what you think or believe. (2Tim.2:15) I pray that you will think God’s thoughts after Him.

    I think it would be fitting to share a scripture that God has used to humble my heart recently. . . in Acts there is an account of Paul preaching the Gospel in Athens, and there we are reminded of our place on this earth “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.” Acts 17:24-25. God does not NEED me! He may be gracious enough to use me, but HE does NOT need me!

    Sometimes I think I’m doing God a favor by “serving” Him, when in fact, all He asks for is obedience. If obedience for you is having a large family (God does not command a certain family size, he says to be a good steward of what He has given) then I would hold you accountable to that. God will build his kingdom with our without me or you. How amazing is that!

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