Thursday, March 22, 2018

The real reason Geoffry lost his lob, part 2

In part 1, I noted the direct quotes from Toys R Us executives correlating their decline in sales to the decreased number of children in areas where their retail stores exist.  As stated, we often quickly jump to abortion as the source.  And while it is certainly a factor it in itself is not the source but rather a symptom.

It should come as no surprise that the attitude towards children in the U.S. is about as consistent Joel Olsteen's actual use of the Bible.  You know, he waives it around but could really just care less.  People give lip-service to the cuteness of babies and the adorable nature of children when they perform precious acts.  But when it comes to the general approach to children, at least in the western world, the attitude is found to be one of selfishness.

For those of us in America, we live in a culture of self.  Life revolves around what you can get out of it for the best of your benefit.  Helping others is usually only beneficial if it makes you feel good or you can pat yourself on the back.  I am reminded of how Christ addressed this in Luke 6:32-34.

"If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.  And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount."

So how does this relate to children?  Most couples decide to have children based on how it will affect their personal goals.  Reasoning such as "We want to travel and see lots of different places and having kids right now just wouldn't fit in the plan" or "I really need to work on my career because I've already dedicated so much time and education toward it" are prime examples.  But let's not forget the psuedo-humble reasons that are just selfishness cloaked as humility:  "We need to get to know each other better first before we bring children into the world" or "We need to establish a strong marriage so we can be strong parents".

But how does this measure up to Scripture?  In Psalm 127:3-5 we see a glimpse of how children are to be viewed:

"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 of one's youth.  Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate."

Children are a "reward" from God.  Imagine if God wanted to "reward" you with money, land, or health.  Would you still have the same response by replying to God that now is just not a good time?  Probably not!

Christian documentaries like "Birth Control" have helped to show the trend of apathy towards children and the incline of selfish living over the past century, particularly among Christians.  Should we then be so surprised because "as goes the church, so goes the culture"?  Looking even more practically at this on the local church level is more revealing.

How many churches have you visited where children are ushered off into nurseries and "children's church" shortly after the worship service begins (and in some cases, before it even starts)?  Sure, there are some who say that kids need to be taught on their own level of understanding and I definitely appreciate that sentiment.  But this simply doesn't pan out in Scripture.  Children are expected and assumed to be in the assembly of God's people (Ezra 8:1, 2; Ephesians 6:1).  But we are now more informed on the role of children in family and church by the world than we are Scripture.

As goes the church, so goes the culture!

Toys R Us didn't suddenly experience a massive loss of consumers (children).  It has been trending that way for a century now and only started tanking AFTER Roe v. Wade.  Abortion isn't the problem, it's only a result of the problem.  The problem is our attitude towards children and the selfish sinfulness that pervades the world around us which has also found its way in the lives of some Christians.

The following articles are further expansions of this topic:

A unified assembly

Are children a financial burden to great to bare

For His glory,

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