Oh…my spell check approves. I thought I’d just made that up. Okay, maybe I have heard it before. Either way, it’s a good lead in to Adam Roe’s article, Why Christians Should Have More Children. Here’s a couple (meaning ‘three’) of highlights:
At some point the church bought into the idea that 2.3 kids is the ideal. In speaking with an older and wiser friend about this the other day, I was informed that this might be a sort of generational bleed-over. When everyone was worried about overpopulation after the baby boom, Christians joined in the cause and largely kept their families at about 2.3 children.
Even our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters are having difficulty in this area. In a 2008 article by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Monsignor Vittorio Formenti noted, “while Muslim families, as is well known, continue to make a lot of children, Christian ones on the contrary tend to have fewer and fewer.”
Child rearing is the ideal in the Bible, and no reading of Scripture I am aware of, in connection with historical interpretation (Protestants concluded), can lead one to conclude otherwise. God’s first command before all other commands is to be fruitful and multiply. To separate children from marriage is as artificial as separating God from the Creation narrative. God created because it is in His nature to do so. God calls on humanity to be fruitful because we exist in His image. To live in the image of God is to love in the image of God; within community and fruitfully.
So why are you still reading this. Time to turn off the computer and…
Otherwise continue reading here.