Yes, it’s that time again. Time to look at a few links on the family and get some fast quotes and my comments…
Stacey McDonald points out the obvious– no family is perfect, and we do ourselves damage when we believe otherwise:
We’re not to serve God by pretending life is easy for us or that we have it all down perfectly, because it’s not and we don’t. The world needs an honest depiction of real down-to-earth people living out real life to the glory of God. Unbelievers will see God in us when we demonstrate contentment wherever He has us, when they see the peace He gives us in trials, and when we give rather than take.
Ever wanted to see how you’d look over time– how do people change. One family decided that they did, so ever since they were married, every year, they post in the same place, with the same expression, on the same day and get their picture taken. It was documented– and it’s amazing to look at.
Rabbi Boteach talks about just how special large families are– and yet how much society frowns on them. It reminds me of a lot of the negative comments I read about the Duggards having 17 children. They were mocked, made fun of, had vulgar references made of them– and they did nothing wrong.
Why is it that even many synagogues today are not children friendly? Why are people impressed that Jay Leno owns 20 motorcycles, but disgusted that some religious families choose to have 10 children?
Let’s not finesse the response. We all know why. A world that has lost its innocence has trouble appreciating beings who are innocent. A world that has become selfish has soured to the idea of leading a life of selflessness. A world that has become grossly materialistic is turned off to the idea of more dependents who consume resources. And a world that mistakenly believes that freedom means a lack of responsibility is opposed to the idea of needy creatures who “tie you down.”
Should marriages only be granted to those that have children? Some same sex couples in Washington State think so:
An initiative filed by proponents of same-sex marriage would require heterosexual couples to have kids within three years or else have their marriage annulled.
They’re upset that gay marriage is not allowed, so they’re taking aim at the strawman or weak argument (take your pick) that marriage is defined by having children. Sorry to say, that’s not it.
That concludes this addition of Family Data Dump. Tune in next time!