There once was a devastating flood which inundated an entire rural community. A few residents had managed to secure some small fishing boats, and they were paddling through the community acting as a rescue team, searching for people trapped by the flood. They came upon the house of a certain farmer. This farmer was known as a man of extreme, devout faith, known for his long, passionate prayers at Sunday service, known for his beautiful Christian wife and polite Christian children who knew so many bible verses at VBS. With water having risen to the eaves of the house, the farmer had managed to rustle his family up to temporary safety on the roof. As the rescue boats spotted them and approached, one of the rescuers called out, "Farmer, we've got three boats here, enough for all of your family. Let's load everybody up and we'll take you to safety. We'll have ya'll someplace safe, dry, and warm in just a few minutes." The farmer, with his wife and children soaked and huddled together shivering, looked at the rescuers, gazing in happy, devout defiance at each person in all three of the boats, then said, "No thanks. God will rescue us. I have faith."
Faith is a beautiful thing. So is...common sense. So is...responsibility.
Exploitation, on the other hand - not so pretty.
I came across this disturbing link earlier. Again, it's not the number of kids that bothers me here. Read the article linked, and perhaps you'll understand my concern.
I left the following comment there, and I have no idea if it will be accepted. Either way, it'll be the extent of the comments I submit on the subject...
"I really don’t think these kids have a lot of choice in their answer. Do you guys really believe that “No…I don’t want marriage, and I don’t want children” would be an acceptable answer in their environment? It was good enough for the Apostle Paul (actually preferred by him), but would it really be acceptable in a quiverfull environment?
By way of comparison, if you asked the typical Palestinian child in the West Bank or Gaza what they thought of the nation of Israel, what do you think their answer would be?
Having these kids publically answer this question, a question pertaining to a foundational aspect of the patriocentric/ quiverfull movement, a question which most of them (perhaps all) aren’t yet experienced or wise enough to remotely understand in full context – and likely not a single one of them has any real frame of reference for a contrasting view, gets really close to exploitation in my book."