Posts tagged “Children

The greatest and most useful work

Posted on June 3rd, 2015

Dr. Luther on child-rearing: Married people should know that there is no greater and more useful work than they might do for God, Christendom, the rest of the world, themselves and their children than to bring up their children correctly. For this is the most direct path to Heaven…. But, likewise, there is no easier way to earn Hell than through your own children. There is no more damaging work that could be done by parents than to neglect their children, to let them curse, swear, learn shameful words and songs and to let them live according to their own will…. There is no greater scandal in Christendom than the neglect of children…. A false love of nature blinds parents, so that they give…

Sermo Dei: Christmas Day 2014

Posted on December 25th, 2014

In the beginning, God made us. He made us creatures. We belong to Him. It was the Word who, in the beginning, made us (John 1:1-14). He made us, creatures. “Without him was not any thing made that was made.” We became a ruined race; corrupt creatures who love darkness. The darkness has overcome us. Though we have seen His great light, too often we have gone back to the darkness, seeking to hide in its shadows. We are afraid of the darkness—but we are also afraid of the light. Men don’t come to the light, because it will expose their deeds, revealing us not as the world sees us, but for who we really are: children of the darkness. Into this darkness comes…

The child-man and the atrophying of the protective instinct

Posted on November 15th, 2012

What has led to the culture of the “child-man,” the perpetual adolescence of so many males in our culture? Mary Eberstadt in Adam and Eve after the Pill sees two reasons this is the result of the sexual revolution: First, [the sexual revolution] has led to an atrophying of the protective instinct in many men—because many have nothing to protect. The powerful majority desire for recreative rather than procreative sex has led not only to a marriage dearth, but also to a birth dearth; and as the old saying correctly goes, “Adults don’t make babies; babies make adults.” Come back tomorrow for the second reason.

The begetting of children is wonderfully pleasing to God

Posted on July 25th, 2012

And it seems that God wanted to teach and attest that the begetting of children is wonderfully pleasing to Him, in order that we might realize that He upholds and defends His Word when He says: “Be fruitful.” He is not hostile to children, as we are. Many of us do not seek to have offspring. But God emphasizes His Word to such an extent that He sometimes gives offspring even to those who do not desire it, yes, even hate it. Occasionally, of course, He does not give it to some who earnestly desire it. It is His purpose to test them. And, what is more, He seems to emphasize procreation to such an extent that children are born even to adulterers and…

“Be fruitful and multiply” an article of faith

Posted on July 24th, 2012

At that time faith ruled in the fathers, and also faith in this article (Gen. 1:28): “Be fruitful and multiply.” In our age, especially after those papistic monstrosities of celibacy, marriage has been deprived of its prestige and due honor, and true knowledge of the Word and ordinance of God has become extinct. Among the fathers this knowledge was pure and proper. For this reason they had a very high regard for the begetting of children. Luther on Genesis 25 (AE 3)

A doomed society

Posted on March 21st, 2012

We simply cannot know who we are or the life God intended us to know unless we are laying down our lives (loving) on behalf of others. A society that is self-centered and has no use for marriage or children is doomed. –Michael A. Eschelbach, Marriage and the Counsel of God

“Look! My sins are gone!”

Posted on February 23rd, 2012

I certainly don’t practice the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday because I enjoy it. The whole thing is awkward, for everyone. Except for the bald guys and the women who’ve pulled their hair back, you’ve got to move the bangs out of the way. Some nervously stand too far away from me, leaving me to gesture, “Move closer,” or I have to close the gap. Other people come up with a big smile – we are socially conditioned that the correct response is to smile back, but I refuse. This is not the time. I am marking these people for death. I hate that, because I love them. But the worst thing about Ash Wednesday is marking the children. The adults—at least the non-smilers—get what’s happening.…

A serious omission in the Great Commission

Posted on November 30th, 2011

Russell Moore implies that if we were serious about the so-called Great Commission, we would see adoption in much higher numbers: Why isn’t adoption an emphasis as a Great Commission priority for more of our churches? Adoption is, after all, evangelistic to the core. When a Christian family adopts a child, that family is committing to years of gospel proclamation, of seeking to see this child come to faith in Christ. –Adopted for Life, p181 One could expand that to the church’s attitude toward children (remove them from worship), contraception (encourage, or say nothing), abortion (talk, but do nothing), and crisis pregnancy centers (meager support, if any). Speculation: all the emphasis on missions will continue to fail until we begin at home.

Sex and Choice

Posted on November 19th, 2011

Mollie Hemingway has a post on Ricochet with a provocative question: “Why Do We Lie about Female Fertility?” Reading through the comments reminded me how thoroughly the language of choice permeates all discussion of conception. Sex is a given, but children are a choice. This is true even among many (probably most) practicing Lutherans. Most Lutherans are pro-choice. They would (rightly) recoil at choosing to abort an unborn baby. But they think nothing of choosing whether or not to allow sexual intercourse to be open to the conception of children. One aspect of God’s gift of sexual intimacy between husband and wife is pleasure (or, as the marriage liturgy has it, “[that they] may find delight in one another”). But the chief end, which is not…