Fertility is a tricky thing…most consider it a private issue with little consequence except how it will affect their family vacations. Unless you encounter a family with more than three children, and then you’re allowed to prod into their sex lives; but I digress.
However, it is my particular opinion that NOTHING changed our culture and the face of Christianity as much as our changed worldview of children. NOTHING. (Try your mind at the “connect-the-dots” related to our view of children. I won’t get to it in this post; perhaps another day.)
And for that reason, I also believe it is our urgent duty to challenge each other, in the body of Christ, to consider our worldview here.
Your worldview shapes every decision you make. Everyone has a worldview, whether consciously or not. If you don’t deliberately form your worldview around the principles and laws of God’s Word, you will take the default view of the culture and that will shape your life choices. For a Christian, that is very serious. “Do not love the world or anything in the world.”
A worldview refers to the framework of ideas and beliefs through which we interpret the world and interact with it. A worldview describes a consistent (to a varying degree) and integral sense of existence and provides a framework for generating, sustaining, and applying knowledge. (From Wikipedia)
Regarding children, the fundamental questions must be answered for us to form a correct worldview. Who creates life? What is their purpose? What is our purpose?
And we begin to unravel that...
realizing our purpose here, according to Jesus, is DYING daily to live a life that glorifies Him, leading those whom the Lord has given us to that abundant Life, serving and teaching them to serve–the essence of bringing a lost world to know Christ…then our worldview will get turned upside down and it will change everything!
Think about how little our culture’s punch list for life has to do with the few things with which we are charged from Scripture? I would even challenge you to stop here, and make a list with two columns. “What society expects of me and my children” and “What the Lord has asked of me and my children.”
We ask the wrong questions when we get tangled in things like, “Is it right or wrong for a Christian to use birth control?”
That question can have important implications in sorting through a biblical view of children, but if often leads to wrangling over words.
There is always liberty in Christ, and this issue is no exception. But our liberty doesn’t give us a license to disregard the pursuit of the mind of Christ and take on the opinions of a culture who rejects Him.
The important thing is simply our starting place. When our thoughts chase after His thoughts (“Your thoughts are not my thoughts, says the Lord…”), we allow Him to guide our choices instead of assuming the status quo. In the hard places, He will guide us with wisdom.
We start with the job we were given on this earth…”to wash feet”, essentially. Doesn’t that encompass nearly everything Jesus commanded?
And we work our way from there.
Children are given to us as gifts, as tools, as a heritage, as a growing of His church, and as a means by which we are changed, challenged and formed more into the Lord’s image. Children are His people, showing us the keys to Heaven (“unless you become like a little child…”) He knows. Christians cannot make light of turning fertility on and off like a faucet. Children are not for us. They are not for displaying and showcasing. They are His “to do and to will of His good pleasure.” May we be honored to serve as vessels, ushering them into the world and then immersing them in His love.
(Reposted from archives)