My fingers have been aching with this post
Children…full quiver…birth control.
This issue, I’ve realized, is not combing through Scripture to find all the evidence for or against allowing God to be sovereign over the womb. It’s not about concluding that “God gives us the wisdom to decide” and then breathing a sigh of relief.
Children–which are really just people, are so much bigger than that.
“And why did He make them one? Because He desires godly offspring.” (Malachi)
WHY? Because “like arrows in the hand of a mighty warrior, so are the children of one’s youth”.
WHY? Because “they shall contend with the enemies in the gates.”
WHY? Because “thou shalt have no other gods before me”.
And that commandment was not a personal one. It was spoken to a nation, and still is.
Our problem? We make everything personal. We don’t understand God’s sovereign purposes as it relates to the BIG picture.
And as it relates to having children, we assess our personal situation, and decide that God couldn’t possibly mean us. It’s so not about whether I can afford to send them to college, or buy them a car, or let them all play sports.
And while God is immensely concerned with our personal lives (don’t get me wrong), He is even MORE concerned with fulfilling His Kingdom purposes. And how does He do that?
One way is THROUGH HIS PEOPLE! And practically speaking, through numbers.
We no longer live in a Christian nation. And it is an abomination. Why are the enemies of God prevailing? Because the people of God are not raising up warriors to “contend with them at the gates.”
We are committing the blasphemous sin of tolerating every religion that walks through the gates in the name of love.
Our methodologies are not working. We have more programs, more money, more evangelical tools now than ever before in history. Yet the spiritual temperature of this country continues to decline.
It’s about vision. If you are not allowing God to be sovereign over your womb, you should be the biggest cheerleader for those who are–how could a Christian not be ecstatic to see a mother and father raising up more warriors to contend with the enemy?
(And for those who are receiving all their children, it’s not so we can dress them in matching clothes and “fit in” to our local homeschool group…it’s not about us at all! His glory…His purposes.)
When I walk into a church to visit, and a veteran member says to me, “you have to stop now, your car is almost full”…I don’t know whether to be heart-broken, or angry, or what?
The war is certain; you have no choice about being in it. We need more arrows.