'Rebel Without an Issue'

The following is an excerpt from Touchstone Magazine written by R. Albert Mohler, Jr., on Married Couples Who Won’t Have Children.

Joe and Deb Schum aren’t worried about baby-proofing their house or buying a car seat. They don’t intend ever to have children. As a matter of fact, they are proud of their childlessness. According to a report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “The Schums are part of a growing number of couples across the country for whom kids don’t factor in the marriage equation.”

The nation’s birthrate fell in 2002 to a historic low of 66.9 births per 1,000 women age 15 to 44. That represents a decline of 43 percent since just 1960. “Many childless couples,” according to the report, “revel in their decision, despite badgering from baffled mothers and friends. Others struggle with the choice before keeping the house kid-free...”

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Lauren said...

I don't think anyone on this blog is advocating a childless Christian marriage. Thank the Lord.

Pr. David Rufner said...

Lauren, Glad to see you back.

I too am glad that by and large we don't have anybody advocating a childless Christian marriage here. However, I do believe it is coming to the local congregation near you. I know that I have already encountered it in parish life, my wife encountered it a two years ago while working for a para-church organization, and my younger sister has a close missionary friend who along with her husband intends to reamain childless (spreading the good-word while denying the good-word).

Anonymous said...

I am SO glad to see this blog. Lutherans have often been either too silent, or too wishy-washy on this issue. We really need to address this. Thank you.

Shane Cota

Mother said...

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Anonymous said...

I understand children are a blessing from God. But at the same time would you rather have couples who don't want children remain childless or for them to have unwanted children. Sadly just because you become pregnant and have the child, doesn't instantly or over time make the parents love/want their child. Sadly I've both witnessed and experience this.