Why large Christian families
are a blessing too!
I consider myself blessed - yes,
truly blessed, and not cursed as many would consider it - to be the
father of a large family - four boys and three girls. And I am not a
Roman Catholic, but rather an Evangelical. If you live in the United
States or Europe, chances are, you have not met very many Evangelical
Christian couples with such a large family.
"Why would you have such a
large family, when you are an Evangelical?" you may be wondering.
"What, are you crazy?" is another question others might
Though I often hear expressions of
admiration for our willingness to take on the responsibility of
raising so many kids, I also can't tell you how many times I've
been teased about it, sometimes rather meanly. "Don't you know
what causes that?" is probably the most common line I've heard.
I've patiently endured all of the
jabs, and for fear of hurting the feelings of those who cannot have
children or could only have one or two, I've mostly kept my mouth shut
concerning this topic. Now I am going to say just a little in my
defense. This is not at all spoken with the motive of bragging or
boasting, but rather, is the reluctant defense of a man who has
finally been picked on, and looked down on, enough to provoke a
If you are a Christian couple who
cannot have children, or have only been able to have one because of
God's mysterious but loving will, this article is not for you. Abraham
and Sarah only had one child together - Isaac - but think of how they,
and the rest of the world - were blessed by him! The apostle Paul, as
far as we know, never married - but just think of how we have all been
blessed by him! So having no children, or only one or two, when it is
God's sovereign will, can clearly be just as great a blessing as
having many children.
Rather, this article is for those
who think that having a large family is a burden or a curse -
something to be avoided if at all possible.
If you fall into that category,
please take just a few minutes to click on the link I have provided
below and view this excellent video regarding the population growth of Islam
and the shrinking populations of Christians in Western civilizations.
Without a doubt, unless current
population trends are reversed (and according to this video, it
is too late for that in many European countries), Islam will
become the dominant religious force in the Western world.
When a people group ignores any
aspect of God's word (in this case, the many Bible passages which
teach that children are a blessing), there are always consequences -
sometimes very tragic. Watch
this video and you will lament at those very consequences, which
we are now reaping.
Here are but some of the Bible verses which teach that children are
- Pr 14:28 In a multitude of people is a king’s
honor, But in the lack of people is the downfall of a
- Ps 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the
fruit of the womb is his reward.
- Psalm 127:4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so
are children of the youth. 5 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.
- Psalm 128:3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine
by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round
about thy table. 4 Behold, that thus shall the man be
blessed that feareth the LORD.
- Deut 28:1 And it shall come to
pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD
thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command
thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all
nations of the earth:
2 And all these blessings shall come on thee,
and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD
3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be
in the field.
4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and
the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase
of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep...11 And the LORD
shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the
fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in
the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy
fathers to give thee.
- Mal 2:15 But did He not
make them [husband and wife] one, Having a remnant of the Spirit?
And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore
take heed to your spirit, And let none deal treacherously with the
wife of his youth.
- Lu 18:16 But Jesus called
them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and
forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
[How highly Jesus valued little ones - and so should we!]
So why do we Western
Christians, for the most part, no longer believe that large families are a blessing from God,
as the Bible teaches?
As you will see from the
video, the United States, thanks to the influx of Hispanic
immigrants, is one of the few Western nations that might
be able to reverse this trend in religious demographics. But it
will not happen if we born-again Christians continue to believe the
lie which has been foisted upon us - and has been swallowed
hook, line and sinker by most of us
that large families are to be frowned on,
and considered more of a curse or burden than a blessing.
So if you have no children, or no more than two children, the next
time you are tempted to poke fun of, or tease another Christian
couple for their large family, please
Perhaps you should bless them and thank God for them instead,
because without them, their
trust in scripture, and their
willingness to work hard and make great sacrifices to support and
care for their
family, our Christian faith would be shrinking
even more than it is already. They are helping to keep our faith
alive for future generations, are they not?
you are a Christian who in the past has looked down upon large
families - perhaps you were wrong. Those children will help to
keep your faith alive upon the earth for future generations! They are
a part of your heritage upon the earth!
Unless we want the born-again Christian
population to continue shrinking in our nation, it is
critically important that we start teaching again that children
are a blessing, and get serious about evangelism!
Rusty Entrekin is a theology graduate of
Louisiana College. He and his wife Julie have seven children, with four
still at home, and four grandchildren. Currently, he resides in Kennesaw,
GA. He writes apologetic and theological articles to help people come to
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