Do I have to write anything on Mother’s Day? No. Unlike James Atticus Bowden (see Happy Mother’s Day 2014), my heart does not yearn for someone who has gone to our Lord. God has not called me to preach a message (see A Devotion for Mother’s Day – The Virtuous Woman). I am just wondering. What possesses us to have children?

We can attribute the desire for children to instinct, an irrational, uncontrollable impulse. Anyone who has seen a mother love a child can, if they choose, believe such a thing. However, that answer poses a problem. If we perceive our action solely as the result of animal instinct, our world becomes a cold, frightful, and lonely place.

Imagine being Margaret Sanger (see GROSSU: Margaret Sanger, racist eugenicist extraordinaire). What was her measure of a baby?

In a 1957 interview with Mike Wallace, Sanger revealed: “I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children into the world — that have disease from their parents, that have no chance in the world to be a human being practically. Delinquents, prisoners, all sorts of things just marked when they’re born. That to me is the greatest sin — that people can — can commit.” (from here)

Yet the mothers we wanted, the mothers most of us had, cared more about what they had to offer us than we had to offer them, and it is well for us they did. For as babies, except for our needs and imperfections, we brought nothing into the world (1 Timothy 6:7).

When we are grown, what changes? As adults, as mothers and fathers, what do we have to offer our children? Isn’t our world full of strife and envy? Don’t we constantly struggle for advantage? Isn’t the result for most people hunger and poverty? Doesn’t our nation, the most powerful this tiny, insignificant little planet has ever known, face daily the prospect of slow and gradual or instant destruction? Could not even the richest among us lose everything in a single day?

So why? When our prospects seem so dismal, what is the point of bringing children into existence?

Is it about the life to come? God told us to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28). Even after the fall of man, God told Noah and his sons to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 9:1), but why?

Do we have children so that we can give our children the love and the assurance He has given us?

John 14:1-3 English Standard Version (ESV)

14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

Is this then the answer?

1 John 4:19 English Standard Version (ESV)

19 We love because he first loved us.

Isn’t love reason enough?

To read the other posts in this series, click on the links at the bottom of OF TWISTED WORDS => FEMINISM.

2 thoughts on “OF TWISTED WORDS => MOTHER

  1. Tom,
    The promise of a wonderful future awaiting us with the Lord is the only answer to the questions you pose is found in the Scriptures, just as you say. The love and grace of God has brought us into existence, grants to us the needs and desires of life, and most importantly, grants us eternal salvation from the penalty, power and presence of the sin of this world.

    May we all come to understand that our role and purpose for living is to honor, and glorify, the Lord by coming to a saving faith in Him and serving Him with all our hearts. Our service to Him is done out of appreciation for all He has done for us (His wondrous grace, love, and the eternity He has awaiting us.)

    Just like Solomon tells us in Eccl:…
    “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

    Thanks again Tom for this much needed posting.


    1. Thank you for the compliment and for a most appropriate Bible passage.

      Because it spoke to me before I was born again, Ecclesiastes is my favorite book in the Bible. Oddly, that has become more true the more I have studied it and realized how much of it I had all mixed up.The book seems full of pessimism, and then we read that last chapter and those final verses. It’s then we begin to realize that throughout his life the wisest man who ever lived tried everything and found life empty of purpose.

      Ecclesiastes 12:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

      8 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “all is vanity!”

      It was only after that, in desperation, when he understood there is no other alternative, that he turned to God.


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