After Israel was given the law again, Deuteronomy 6:5-7 says
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength. And these words which I commanded you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up.”
Wow. Our love for God should be evident in our lives, our conversation and in our homes. Wherever we go, we should be talking about it. So, how much do other people know my view on abolishing abortion? Do my children even know what abortion is and why it’s wrong? The Bible says it is my responsibility to teach them the laws of God. That includes laws about murder, about defending and loving “the least of these” and loving our neighbor. It also includes telling them that we are made in God’s image and God knew us before we were born. Are we diligent in teaching our children how to love our God, how to obey Him thru our daily conversation and our daily actions?
We’re all supposed to have the “sex talk” with our kids at some point, right? That’s what society says. Well, what’s true is that we, the parents, are supposed to be teaching our kids, not the government, not the schools, not even the “church”. Parents, read your own Bible and teach your own kids the way God wants you to teach them. Yes, you can ask for help, but no, you cannot delegate. The task of teaching your children about God in every aspect is on you. That includes what you say and what you do.
Verse 7 also makes an important assumption. You cannot teach your own children if you do not have children, so the assumption is that most people will have children. Just to be clear, I am not criticizing those who are infertile nor am I advocating for a particular family size. However, today, children are viewed as burdens or accessories, not treasures or blessings that we are responsible for. If we truly viewed a child a something God-given, why would we want to prevent it or give it back? Nobody is saying child-rearing is an easy task, but our perspective should be that it is a valuable task that God has entrusted us with and we should accept the task He has called us to. In our culture today, the seemingly innocuous phrase “family planning” puts a sheep’s coat on the wolf of preventing, destroying, killing and throwing away what God deems most valuable.
We have put “family” as a god that pulls us out of ministry and has us believing that we control the keys to life and death. Interestingly enough (and predictably), our god is failing. The family unit is failing because we placed it above God. The concept of “family planning” has destroyed more children than ever before in our country’s history.