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
"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 think.
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 response.
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
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 a blessing:
- Pr 14:28 In a multitude of people is a
king’s honor, But in the lack of people is the
downfall of a prince.
- 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
2 And all these blessings shall
come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken
unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
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
- 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!]
why do we Western Christians, for the most part,
no longer believe that large families are a
blessing from God, as the Bible teaches?
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?
if 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
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.
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