One of my readers accused me of using my daughter’s essay to “promote my own personal gospel of no-birth-control”. I thought it was a pretty strong accusation, and worthy of its own post.
While part of her comment is correct–this blog is a place of “promotion” if you will, it is certainly not “my own personal gospel” I am promoting. And even though she specifically asked me to “spare her of the Bible verses”, I am afraid I would have little to talk about if not for the authority of Scripture on which I stand.
I did not say:
- “Children are a blessing…”
- “Happy is the man whose quiver is full of them…”
- “His wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the center of the house, and his children live olive plants around the table…”
- “And why did I make them (man and woman) one? Because I desire godly offspring…”
- “He will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: He will also bless the fruit of thy womb.”
- “It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves.”
- “All the days were written for me before as yet there were none of them.”
This is THE gospel, not mine.
If you choose to use birth control, I DO NOT stand in judgement of you…for that is not my job. This blog is meant exclusively to bring light to the idea that GOD LOVES GIVING US CHILDREN–sometimes lots of them! For those of us who do have this conviction, it is tiring, and dreadfully heart-breaking, to receive negative comment after another from the very people who call themselves children of God, while they ignore everything He says about children. It’s not about “proving that you birth-control people are wrong”, it’s about begging the people of God to share His heart toward children, rejoicing with us, not sneering at us (and making comments that hurt our children’s feelings!). Naturally, in trying to express this notion, I have to oppose the current vein of our culture’s thinking, and incidentally, make some people mad. However, it is no new gospel, nor my own made up idea, that it is as natural as breathing to have lots of children.
There are many points on which one may have a valid argument; that this is all my own personal gospel is not one of them.