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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Monday, September 01, 2008

Children: A reward or a punishment?

Psalm 127:3
Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.

Sen. Barack Obama:
I've got two daughters, 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby.
A biblical view is that unmarried people can indeed make "mistakes" [or, actually, sin] and children can be a result, but the children themselves are not punishments; rather, they are God's gracious gift in spite of sin. As a person who professes Christian faith and who has spoken much of how he was basically raised without a father, Sen. Obama should know this.

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OpenID lawngospel said...

Andrew-

Faithfully and consistently apply this Christian worldview that you are espousing to married Christians, and you will end up where I have.

If we believe that children are indeed a "reward" from the God, then why do we think we have the right to refuse that reward by way of contraception. No matter what we affirm intellectually or theologically - we betray by our actions that we really believe God doesn't have our best interests at heart if he chose to reward our marriages with a child. Rather than seeing children as a gift to be received with joy (as if they were a heritage from the Lord), we see them instead as punishment for our lack of wise stewardship (which is probably pretty close to a synonym for what Obama meant when he said he would teach his daughters about "values and morals").

The sad state of countless marriages today, Christian and unregenerate, is that both see "unplanned" children as punishments, rather than rewards (as if our "desire" for children changes what Scripture says they ALWAYS are). No wonder why the world thinks we are hypocrites - we tell them every child is a gift from God, and yet we live as if the only children that are gifts are those that we "want to have".

'Brother Hank

11:19 AM  
Blogger Adam Winters said...

Hmm, is "baby" synonymous with "STD" and "punishment"? Interesting... and sad.

12:48 AM  

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