Last night Dr. Mohler appeared on CNN. The topic was “Childless By Choice.” It was an interesting discussion. (Transcript here via Steve Weaver)
It made me ask: Why should I care if unbelievers choose not to have kids? Should unbelievers have children? Here’s how I would answer.
- Children are a gift from God. Just as God blesses all people with rain and sunshine, he allows even the wicked to have children.
- Children are a means of common grace. The responsibility and the joys of parenthood change who us for the better. The drama of family life often cuts the bonds of selfishness and sloth. Human depravity is characterized by the corruption of our created nature. Parenthood can counteracts this.
- Children are assumed in the biblical description of marriage and family. This is illustrated in the accounts of barren women. Often these women say childlessness as a disgrace.
I’d like to hear some other perspectives as well.