If you’ve been around for as long as I have, no doubt you’ve encountered the population control agenda. China only recently rescinded their One Child policy, realizing the dire consequences of forcing families to limit their size. In a culture steeped in tradition, only males receive an inheritance, so if your family line was to continue, you must have a boy.
While China is the blatant example of population control, the same agenda works covertly in our own country. The abortion industry began with the vision of eliminating an entire skin color from our midst.
When a Christian brings up Genesis 1:28 for discussion, the response often clarifies the infiltration of population control propaganda into our theology. “Well, this one doesn’t really apply anymore, because with over 7 billion people on the planet, I think we can safely say ‘the earth has been filled.'”
Is this accurate?
As the Westminster Catechism explains it, the chief end of man is “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” God created Adam for His worship and for relationship. When He commissioned Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it, He was commanding them to fill the earth with His worship. He was giving marriage and parenthood a vision beyond here-and-now.
We can all agree that though the earth may be well populated, His worship does not “fill the earth” at this time.
To flesh out this reality, we must live it fully. Our conversations at home and with others need to remind us of the important command we’ve been given but readily neglect. That newly engaged couple in our life needs to hear us not only say “children are a blessing” but also “God has commanded, and we are, by His grace, obeying.” The newlywed couple who conceives a honeymoon baby needs encouragement that God will equip them to fill the earth with His worship as they raise their little one in the training and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4).
I’m not saying every family needs to have lots of kids to be truly obeying this commandment. What I am saying: we need to invite the Holy Spirit to reveal where our thoughts, words, and habits have, perhaps unawares, adopted the population control pattern of the world or disdained God’s imperative to fill the earth. Are we living obedient to this call?
This perspective is somewhat new to me. Limited Church: Unlimited Kingdom confronted me to take “children are a blessing” to the next level and understand the importance of the family unit, by God’s design. I highly recommend this book, unless you’re comfortable in your Christianity. Prepare to be challenged.
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