Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
Ps 127:3

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"Modern Attitudes" About Children

Notice the text in the upper left corner.  Do we not live in an age when children are no longer considered an heritage of the Lord?  Do we not live in an age when children are considered anything but a reward from God?  The rest of the text says:

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: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.  Ps 127:4-5

Considering our modern attitudes against child bearing one might wonder if the psalmist was either a fool or some kind of lunatic.  And when I say "our modern attitudes", I am not referring to the ungodly, un-Christian, non-believer.  I'm talking about Christians.  We should expect the materialistic, self-centered unbeliever to think that way.  What is amazing is how Christianity has been swept away by the World's materialistic, self-centered philosophy.

It is a sad day when Christianity has become almost completely influenced by the world rather than Christianity influencing the world.  Where does the idea that having a small family is better or preferred come from?  What is the rational for having a smaller family?  There are any number of reasons given.  Usually such things as wanting to give them more stuff or having children is so expensive.  We live in the richest country in the history of the world.  Our children will have more than most children could possibly dream of in any other place in any other generation.  The rational between the person who wants to give them more or thinks they are too expensive is nothing less than materialism.  To put it another way the New Testament defines this as our modern day worship of Mammon.  Mt 6:24

Other reasons that exist but are usually not stated is they take to much time and mom can't wait to go back to work.  Rearing children does take a lot of time.  But who has time for it when the father spends all his time in the pursuit of wealth?  Who has time for it when mom is much more interested in being at work than rearing the next generation of people?  (Which by the way, the next  generation of people is far more important than any "job" mom might do despite what the world says.)

Elder James Taylor




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