“How many children do you have?”
Whenever I get asked this question, I can almost guarantee you the response I will get. There is a level of shock, a statement of how busy I must be, or a musing about the expense of children.
Our attitudes regarding children have dramatically changed. At one time, a large family was the norm. Your survival depended upon having children. Without government social security programs, your children were your social safety net. They contributed to life and work. Today, children are economic consumers who need to be ushered from one event to the next while we seek to get fulfillment out of what they accomplish. In the worst cases, children are seen as barriers to the individual achieving a personal goal.
In our Western society, we fail to appreciate how much the sexual revolution of the 1960s has reshaped the way we think about life. Contraception, abortion, pornography, sex education, same-sex marriage, the role of children, parental notification laws, equality, transgender rights, and divorce – all of these social issues have been influenced by the sexual revolution.
Thinking Christianly about sexuality and children is a difficult task in our day. We breathe the cultural air and over time imbibe the modus operandi of Western society. The common convictions that Christians have held for millennia can no longer be assumed. What once was common Christian knowledge and practice is now considered to be archaic and oppressive by others. But as the Psalmist writes: “Children are a heritage from the Lord” (Ps. 127:3).
So how shall we think about children in the modern age? Is the Christian ethic of family still viable in the 21st century?
I hope you will join us for our Children’s Ministry Sunday where we will celebrate the goodness of the gift of children in our fellowship More than a cutesy Sunday, we will reflect on the gift that children bring in our world and our church. So I hope to see you Sunday!
As we gather for Sunday worship, we want you to meet with God and be transformed by the Word. Prepare your heart by reading the passage and listening to the songs for Sunday.