Monday, May 16, 2011

my thoughts: to have or not to have... children

I originally started blogging to express my opinions on political and cultural issues. Then I started this blog and got very side tracked by fashion, diy, craft and thrifting posts.

Oh, and then a I had baby...

I was recently going through my old blog and I decided that instead of having 3 blogs, I would 'nix' my opinion blog and keep this one (and my pregnancy journal). But since I have some interesting posts left over, I thought I'd share some of them with you.

Disclaimer: I have very strong opinions. But that doesn't mean I don't want to hear yours! Please feel free to leave comments with your thoughts. I'd love to hear them!!

Here is the first one I thought I'd share:

To Have or Not To Have... Children

According to a study out of Oregon State University, people can help "save the planet" by having fewer children. From the article:

A study by statisticians at Oregon State University concluded that in the United States, the carbon legacy and greenhouse gas impact of an extra child is almost 20 times more important than some of the other environment-friendly practices people might employ during their entire lives - things like driving a high mileage car, recycling, or using energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs.

"In discussions about climate change, we tend to focus on the carbon emissions of an individual over his or her lifetime," said study team member Paul Murtaugh. "Those are important issues and it's essential that they should be considered. But an added challenge facing us is continuing population growth and increasing global consumption of resources."

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First of all, not having children is much different than recycling or driving a hybrid car. Procreation is programed into our very nature. Without it, you and I certainly would not be here today. Not to mention, the value of a child (and all human beings) far exceeds that of the environmental movement. For unlike plants and animals, man was made in the very image of God (Genesis 1:26, 27).

The problem with suggestions like this one is that it encourages the use of abortificient birth control, the morning after pill, RU486 and abortion. It is also in direct conflict with God's very first command to humanity: "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it" (Genesis 1:28, emphasis added).

The truth about children is simple: they are blessings from God and should not be rationed like energy and fuel. The Psalmist reminds us of this: "Sons are a heritage (gift) from the Lord, children a reward from him... Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them" (Psalm 127:3, 5, emphasis added).

And as I have discussed before, the earth is not in danger from an increasing population. In Isaiah 45:18 we read,

For this is what the Lord says-
He who created the heavens,
He is God;
Who fashioned and made the earth,
He founded it;
He did not create it to be empty,
But formed it to be inhabited... (emphasis added)

The article later goes on to say, "The researchers note that they are not advocating government controls or intervention on population issues, but say they simply want to make people aware of the environmental consequences of their reproductive choices."

While the researchers may have no intentions of creating law or policy regarding this issue, there are others who have already discussed such ideas. One of whom is the President's Science Advisor, John Holdren, who has stated in the past that he condones putting sterilants in the food and water supply to reduce populations. And we already see such policy in action in other countries like China where they have a One Child Policy.

God created the earth. He created it to be filled. He is in control of His creation. We are to trust Him and not our own "wisdom" on this issue.

And in my opinion, humans are our most valuable resource. But that's a discussion for another time.

What are your thoughts on the subject?? Thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. Oh I <3 you Jessi. Lol. I agree with you.

    What really gets me is the people who believe if we want children, that we should ADOPT first. I get offended by that. Why is it wrong to want to create life with my husband?

    Agree on the abortificients (sp) as well. Majority of people are uneducated about that. I'll admit I'm not fully knowledgeable on the subject. But I'm aware of it and choose not to use birth control.