The very first command God gave humanity was, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” (Gen 1:28). This command is the reason I believe the Fall of Adam and Eve into sin in Genesis 3 happened very quickly after they were created. Maybe no more than a day or two. For surely in their state of Purity, they would have delighted in obeying God’s first command! But no children are mentioned until after the Fall.
But I digress.
I write this blog as a Dad of two amazing daughters. My wife is the best mother I have ever known. We’re thrilled to be parents and have found it deeply sanctifying and satisfying. But we also experienced the pain of a medical condition forcing a surgery which ended our ability to have more biological children. So, please know that I am in no way condemning every couple who has not had a child. Nor am I trying to say every couple must have x number of children to be holy. All children are gifts of God and family size is no measure of true holiness! I realize there are legitimate reasons for childlessness, such as a call to single-hood or medical / health conditions. My heart is with those of you who want children but cannot have them (at least biologically). And I would ask you to prayerfully consider adoption, if you find yourself in such a boat.
All that said, the dilemma or disaster being faced by America today is childlessness. Intentional childlessness. By married couples. Not only is this a sad commentary on our hearts as it relates to God’s command, but it is also heading us toward disaster as a nation and culture. We are not multiplying. We are subtracting! Our view of marriage and family and children is plunging us over the cliff of our own making.
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