I currently have three kids. Each one has brought new challenges, from the changing family dynamic, to the interactions we’ve had with others. Looking back, it’s been interesting seeing the change in response to our children, especially from those outside the Church. As we’ve gone from one child to three, the responses have gone from excited and glad to skeptical and “supportive”. When I say supportive, it means that they understand our plight, and sympathize with us. It’s a semi-state of mourning, and the mindset is one of sympathy and remorse. Children are loud and obnoxious, and the more you have, the more miserable you are, presumably. None of these latter feeling are shared by my wife and me. We are excited to add arrows to our quiver. Does it mean that we’ll be busy and crazy and stretched thin? Absolutely. But we wouldn’t change it for the world. And that’s precisely what we’re up against. Our world has no great love for children. It’s interesting looking at how things have changed from generation to generation. Two generations ago (my grandparents), large families were commonplace, and six to eight children were the norm. Then, my parents’ generation had less kids. Three or four was enough, and any more was seen as weird or crazy. The world was starting to take ideas like overpopulation to heart, and six to eight kids was not being responsible. Fast forward to our generation. Any more than two kids is borderline insane. One child is usually enough, and even then, a single child is a nuisance. More children means more burden on mother earth, and some countries have created laws prohibiting more than just a few children. What does this mean practically? Well, the answer to unwanted children is generally death. Beat around the bush all you want, but it doesn’t matter what labels are used. Termination of life means death for the unwanted. If a law says that a family can’t have more than two kids, what happens when a mother gets pregnant? Government-forced murder. This mindset isn’t limited to only those countries with child limitation laws. Just look at America. Murder is branded as healthcare for women. Pro-choice means those in power can take everything from those that aren’t, and even the womb isn’t safe for the most weak and needy among us. How do you prevent that potential nuisance of a child from being a burden on you? Kill the child. Even aside from the genocide of the unborn that runs rampant through this country, children are generally seen as a nuisance and unwanted. Those children that are actually allowed to be born are loud and annoying beings that are looked down upon and unwanted. Miserable parents struggle to control even one child as they scream in the middle of the Wal-Mart aisle. Why do that to yourself, when there is such an easy way out before the screaming starts? All of this is meant to give a picture of the general mindset that our world has about children, which is a polar opposite of what we see in Scripture. Psalm 127:3-5 says “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.” Children are described as blessings and a heritage. A man is blessed when the Lord gives him children, and they are compared to arrows that a warrior uses in battle. This is a powerful image, which is completely opposite of the view that children are a nuisance and generally unwanted. As Christians, we should strive our best to hold our children in high esteem in the face of worldly criticism. If the Lord has given me with children, who am I to say they are not blessings, when He has said they are? Satan certainly has a large hand in this, and for very good reason. We will next look into why Satan has a particular disdain for those poorest among us, especially those who belong to believers, and it has to do with their status as Covenant members.