10 responses to “The West Doesn’t Want Children, It Wants Itself

  1. I find your point interesting, however, you give statistics on Europeans then sweepingly assert that Americans face the same problem without any stats or solid facts at all. It’s not that you are wrong, but back up that opining! :)

  2. owenstrachan

    “This is true of the West writ large, it’s true of many young Americans, and it’s influencing the church.” Steyn didn’t quote material about America, but it’s a problem that I theorize applies to this country. I was working on an anecdotal level for America and certainly saw this material applying here.

    So there you go.

    • Kyndra

      It is here. We have just been so desensitized bc the 2 kids has become the norm in America and in our churches. We call ourselves “surrendered” to Jesus, but refuse to surrender control of one biggest areas in our lives. It’s an indictment on the church…who we are listening to…the world, or God’s word? Thanks for the post.

  3. owenstrachan

    Good word, Kyndra. It is a crucial area of surrender. Of course, I’m not calling people to a certain number of children and suggesting that hitting that targets equals fidelity to God’s Word. Some Christians will have big families, others smaller. But the key, I think, is to see children as a blessing and gift from God, not a hindrance (Psalm 127). You can have that perspective with eight kids or two kids.

  4. ed pacht

    Observations of an American: I’m the oldest of 4 sibs, all born in the 40s. Ours was an average family. In fact is was perceived as unusual for a couple to have only one child (an only child was pitied) and even two was considered a very small family. Yes, that is anecdotal, but I think an accurate observation, and is well illustrated by the baby boom phenomenon. There were children everywhere, and children were much desired. Equally anecdotal is my observation that American society in general (aside from a minority, mostly Evangelicals, who are conscious of bucking the tide) seems to regard three children as shamefully too many and the only child as pretty much normal. I don’t have them to hand, but I have seen statistical studies that seem to indicate that, if one discounts immigrants, the existing American population may be reproducing at slightly below replacement level, not so drastically as Europe, but not out of accord with those trends either.

    What I seem to observe in American culture is a strong move toward more sex in all possible combinations and techniques, but toward fewer children, even one being often regarded as an unnecessary nuisance. Note the pervasive advertising on television, often back-to-back for Viagra and for contraceptives. The stress on contraceptives (and I’ll boldly include the ‘rhythm method’ here) as enabling sex and preventing children, the increasing toleration of non-coital practices, the ‘gay’ agenda, and the availability of abortion have produced a society radically different from the one I grew up in.

  5. Interesting article.

    The conservative evangelical church in many ways has an almost opposite idolatry: fill your quiver to serve yourself.

    As a consequence, many Christian women will take morally hazardous routes in the quest to have children – and now something like 100,000 children conceived in vitro are frozen as embryos, perhaps never to hear the gospel (which begs a question you bring up in your most recent post…).

  6. This a great word, Owen! Thanks!

  7. Jesusgirlz

    The West loves themselves they enjoy their perverted lives Romans 1 talks about how God will turn you over to what you are passionate for, if it is yourself that you love…then go for it, we’ll see how long you’ll survive without his hand of protection. Can i get an AMEN?

  8. Jesusgirlz

    Owen I love this piece. Nailed it.

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