Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Don't You Know What Causes That?

Ever heard that comment by someone who undoubtedly thought they were the were being incredibly clever and witty?

We just sigh, try to smile and remind ourselves that we are ambassadors for the One True God and move on.

Who are we? The men and women that go against the grain of our society and uphold the Biblical value of life.

Do you realize what is going on in our country or have you been so steeped in our culture that you didn't even stop to think about what is wrong with the picture? We all know that one in five pregnancies end due to induced abortion. Some of you have even done the research to find out that oral contraceptives doesn't just stop a woman from ovulating, it can stop the fertilized egg from implanting. Even beyond this, many will use barrier methods, "natural family planning" or even altering their bodies through sterilization, to stop what God has clearly called a blessing. (Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them... Psalms 127 3-5)

What has gone wrong with our thinking? I can not agree more with this now famous quote from Doug Phillips, "The Bible calls debt a curse and children a blessing. But in our culture we apply for a curse and reject blessings. Something is wrong with this picture."

I guess we can expect this from the blind, the ones that don't know or understand. But the Christians!? The saved and sanctified ones? They are following right along with the world. Frankly, I am surprised.

Yes, having lots of children is a challenge. Yes, you will have to (gasp!) get your mind off of yourself and lay down your life to serve someone else. Yes, having many causes you to lean on the Lord for so much. Yes, you will look different than your unsaved neighbors. Yes, it will single you out. Let me ask you, how can you claim to be salt and light when you are doing the exact same things as the world!?

Do we plan to have more children? My answer is this, we plan to continue to serve the Lord, however He sees fit. If that is having more children, so be it. Not my will, but His.


Anonymous said...

Amen and amen!!

Rachel said...

Jen, I had no idea you had a blog. We just got back from a short vacation but when I have time, I'm going to catch up on your life and add you to my friends on my blog.

Emily the Great and Terrible said...

Jennifer, I was listening to a radio show comparing the habits of born-again evangelical Christians and unsaved Americans. There was almost no difference, even in things like whether they watch R-rated movies and whether they are dishonest when it benefits them financially. I was a little disappointed, because I think a God-fearing home should function MUCH differently from a secular one. The number of children wasn't addressed, but it is usually an indicator of the couple's willingness to accept God's gifts, even though the gifts usually come with hard work and challenge.

Jennifer said...

Lanita - Thanks!

Rachel - Glad we can keep up with each other... I was happy to find yours as well.

Emily - Sad isn't it? I know you're in the trenches with me. It's hard to go against the flow for all of us but sometimes, don't you just wonder if most of it is just talk - don't see much action. I hope my life looks different to everyone around me.