The shrinking birthrates among America’s Christian “faithful” are adding to the secularization of our nation and its’ growing “culture divide.” We are left with a declining workforce, along with a declining evangelism and a declining Christian worldview.
One positive response is that Christians tend to “choose life” and have more babies! Let secularists have their 1.3 baby birthrate, while those who value human life, the traditional family, and religious liberty gain the “fertility advantage” and become “fruitful” and “mighty in the land” (see Psalm 112:1-2, 10).
The Bible offers guidance on what some have called the “cultural mandate.” It begins with a proper sense of the blessing of children—a lot of children. Large families were seen as a blessing, being loved and wanted for economic and social needs. When people and entire nations forget this sage wisdom and have too few children to even replace themselves, someone else will take charge. A shrinking Christian population will not “inherit the earth” nor transform it “for the glory of God.”
Christians’ beliefs about the size of families are often shaped more by secular propaganda and personal preferences than our desire to have a family that makes a maximum impact for God. We are told that 47 percent of churchgoers are reported to want three or more children! But that means 53 percent want fewer or no children. Many want huge churches, but tiny families.
If the Lord tarries, we must seek to pass the baton of the faith through the families of the faithful! Children must be seen as the shapers of the future of our world. Our loving and caring for children honors God.
May our families be fruitful, fill the earth and help make a maximum impact for the glory of God!!