Childlessness is on the rise in our culture today. According to a recent Time article:
- The birthrate in the U.S. is the lowest in recorded history.
- The fertility rate declined 9% from 2007 to 2011.
- 1 in 5 women now do not become mothers, compared to 1 in 10 in 1970.
Notice the title of the article. “The Childfree Life: When having it all means not having children.” The author used the term “childfree” instead of “childless” because “the most educated, highest IQ non-mothers by choice now say”, “Childlessness is for someone who wants a child but doesn’t have one. It’s a lack. I’m not lacking anything.” (credit)
The pictured couple is subtly smiling without a care in the world. They are relaxed, happy, and enjoying the beach without any distractions.
But I’m not fooled.
They do not have it all.
When the world tries to paint a picture of something it deems good, Christians can most assuredly come to the conclusion that it isn’t.
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1 John 2:15
We live in a world where childlessness is glamorized and having children is seen as foolish. We can now “have it all” without children entering the picture. In all honesty, there isn’t a such thing as having it all. As Christians, we should instead seek God’s will in all things, knowing that nothing could be better than His best for us. Instead, we are told to be selfish, and to “sow to our own flesh.”
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
We need to look to God and not the world in regards to having children. Don’t be fooled by the glamorization of purposed childlessness. (I’m not talking about infertility here.) If we listen to the world, in the end we will be found lacking.
Let’s view children for what they truly are…
Momma, our time on earth is short. I plan to be counter-cultural, raising my children for the Lord. Do you?