Why Stop At 2?

11 Sep

We attended the “Laugh Your Way To A Better Marriage” seminar this past weekend. It was a great experience, although Brian & I are sure that we just don’t fit into the typical “male/female” roles of marriage. Maybe why we get along so well. haha. None the less, Mark Gungor was super funny & quite intuitive to what it takes to have a successful marriage.

During one of his serious discussions (weren’t very many of those, huh? haha)… he talked about children & the state of procreation among Christians. We seem to be a dying breed… not because of lack of believers, but because of lack of procreating among Believers. He made some of the most valid points….

“We are the richest nation in the world, yet we claim that we can’t afford to have more than the typical 2 children. In Europe, as we speak, churches are being torn down & Mosque are being built. Why? because Muslims are over populating in order to fulfill this exact purpose. Of all people , it should be the Christian families that are having larger families. We should be over populating. We should be the ones raising the next generation!”

Isn’t that so true? Our culture seems to be selfish. We are consumed with having enough money, driving certain vehicles, & feeding our own “personal agendas”, rather than loving the Lord & raising children that possess that same love. Seems like we are quick to attack people for “not having enough money to have anymore children”. Is that where our hearts are at? How about recognizing that the families that should be having children has nothing to do with their financial status… what about their status with the Lord & with each other as husband & wife?… shouldn’t that be the most important determinant? Is it better for “rich” people to have large families simply because they have money? Having money doesn’t produce children that become healthy adults! We have become so tainted by the world’s ideas. It’s sad. Encourage your Christian brothers & sisters to receive God’s blessings of children. There can’t ever be enough children being brought into good Christian homes! & as for the financial aspect… those who hold strong in faith have NO DOUBT that God WILL provide a way!

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7 Responses to “Why Stop At 2?”

  1. iheartkiserboston September 15, 2008 at 6:50 pm #

    thats what I call having to read b/w the lines!! 🙂

  2. sheissocalm September 16, 2008 at 1:35 am #

    I agree with this wholeheartedly!

  3. Justin September 19, 2008 at 2:23 pm #

    I agree with this that Christians should be having more children, and that Christians should have faith for the finances to provide for those children. That being said, (I think) if you’re at a point where your faith hasn’t provided the finances for just you and your spouse, you need to accomplish that faith project before increasing its size. A lot of my thoughts on that has to do with the fact that I don’t want to pay to raise the kids someone else couldn’t afford via taxes that go to entitlement programs, it hinders my ability provide for my family and lessens what I could willingly sow towards the same end.

    In regards to the Muslims out procreating, there is a book America Stands Alone that is about this very issue. The main premise of the book is that America, by average right at 2 kids per couple is just barely hanging on in terms of keeping up with the Muslim birth rate.

  4. vanessathompson September 20, 2008 at 2:34 pm #

    Justin, I agree with you 100 percent. Good insight. I should’ve added the point of not relying on the government, or other people to help financially raise these extra children. I addressed just doing without some of the fancy/worldy things, but failed to mention the line between “doing without” & flat out “not being able to”. Our personal situation is simply “doing without”, but I too don’t agree with having to rely on tax payers to front your bill… it absolutely does take away from us Christians being able to bless people as we feel neccessary. Thanks for the comment, & thanks for the book reference… I will definitely check it out!

  5. Tabitha September 21, 2008 at 1:34 am #

    Hmm…trust me…It’s not American people who our taxpayers are fitting the bill for. If it were, that might be a different story. But most people who we pay to have babies in this country don’t even belong to this country. I think if they would put some boundaries around government help it wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

  6. vanessathompson September 21, 2008 at 2:24 am #

    amen Tabitha. See… that’s why I love you. Bold minds think alike.

  7. Justin September 22, 2008 at 3:56 pm #

    I agree with Tabitha that there are lot of people that aren’t American that benefit from entitlement programs, but they aren’t the only ones. I’ve known people that are American’s and have depended on government, my family even did for a short time when I was young and my father was between jobs (but that wasn’t a case where they decided to put themselves in that situation, things happened and they ended up there) but I have overheard American people talking about “I can’t take that job, I’ll make too much money and they’ll take my welfare away,” as their four kids run around Wal-Mart unattended.

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