Monday, December 19, 2011

When Did Having a Big Family Become a Crime?

The other day, I'm guessing in an attempt to be friendly, a woman asked my wife if she needed to take a sex education class. The question left my wife a bit speechless and hurt. The reason for the question has to do with the fact that we are currently the proud parents of three boys (Jack - 5; Sean - 3; and Ethan - almost a year) and we have another baby on the way. Somehow we are being viewed as out of the ordinary because we have a large family and are very excited about the new baby we are having.

My question is: When did having a large become out of the ordinary or something that is worthy of derision? I mean, the Duggars have another baby and everyone loses their minds. Yet, millions of babies are born to unmarried individuals every day and no one even blinks an eye. Now, I'm not trying to argue that unmarried people are bad parents or horrible individuals. The point I want to make is that when two happily married individuals who are productive, educated, healthy, and well-respected, they should be praised for wanting to have children. They shouldn't be made to feel like they did something wrong by having more children.

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children[a] of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! Psalm 127:3-5

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