NPR investigated a subset of the Evangelical movement referred to as the Quiverfull movement.
Taking as their inspiration where in Psalm 127 it says, "Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them", its adherents shun birth control and instead max out their fecundity.
While that Biblical axiom is true, it also says that if you can't provide for your children that you are worse than an infidel.
Maybe that verse should be expounded from the pulpit also.
God does indeed control how many children you have, however, He also provides most with enough common sense not to screw themselves away from the dinner table.
Advocates of this procreative mindset point to the growth of Islam in Europe as to why a similar baby boom must take place among Western nations.
However, one must ask if most European nations weren't such naive social democracies that give out welfare payments to every deviant that can't control themselves, would Muslims be flocking to these lands?
Some might respond but these people aren't on welfare.
Oh really, from the NPR article, it is pointed out that one of the families profiled regularly seeks assistance from a seminary foodbank.
Is that really anymore honorable or noble? Shouldn't such eleemosynary be reserved for those that have fallen upon hard times for reasons other than those of their own foolhardy decisions?
Tell me, why is it my responsibility to pick up the food bill for your kid either through private or public sector charity?
Frederick Meekins is an independent theologian and social critic. Frederick holds a BS in Political Science/History, a MA in Apologetics/Christian Philosophy from Trinity Theological Seminary, and a PhD. in Christian Apologetics from Newburgh Theological Seminary.