Quoting Quiverfull: Number Sixteen Is a Blessing?

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

Chris Jeub to Reuter’s Photographer & Reporter Rick Wilking July 24, 2009

“Wendy and I believe God wants us to trust Him in our family planning. The results are his to deal out. We’re more than fine by that. We are amazed at how incredible the blessings have been…..We have 15 children, but why would we say that #16 wasn’t a blessing? Or #17? Or #18?”

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  • I don’t believe that “trusting God with your family planning” and “using no birth control” are synonymous. We don’t “trust God” with our flower gardens and then let the morning glories or calendula we planted just grow willy-nilly until they have choked out everything else and begun to die off for want of being thinned. We don’t claim that the fecundity of these flowers translates to each and every individual plant being God’s will and desire, to exclusion of everything else we might want in our gardens.

  • That ignores the ideal of the Jeubs and other Christians that humanity is super special in comparison to the rest of the life on this planet. We are to tame the earth, not ourselves.

  • saraquill

    Isn’t it greedy to keep hoarding blessings like that?

  • Meggie

    Why does the children as blessings always get interpretted as meaning having as many as you can yourself? I love children. I love being with them. I love their enthusiam, energy, curiosity and innocence. So I work as a music teacher. Between private students and the school orchestras, I work with between 150 and 200 students each year. I love all my students, although obviously with that many students I have closer relationships with some than others. Every year as students finish school and leave they thank me for all I have given them as a teacher and I find myself thanking them for all they gave me. They are all blessings in my life and I didn’t birth a single one of them.

  • I don’t think even the idea that “humanity is super special” translates to “tame the earth, not ourselves.” In Genesis 3 it says that Adam’s sin will cause weeds to be multiplied in the fields. It says that Eve’s sin will cause trouble in pregnancy and childbirth. Increase in the number of pregnancies is included. Both are the results of the Fall. There is no prohibition against either Adam or Eve “taming” either the earth or their bodies.

  • Nea

    *clicks “Like”*

  • texcee

    Having as many blessings as possible never seems to include adoption or fostering, particularly of children of color or special needs. Guess they don’t count.

  • Nea

    Then it wouldn’t be “having” blessings, it would be “getting” blessings or some such and thus not count. The attitude towards kids without parents seems to be that there’s something “wrong” with them – Pat Robertson, if I recall correctly, has said so outright.

  • texcee

    I think the underlying, unspoken factor in patriarchy is the man having as much sex as he wants, whenever he wants it.

  • madame

    Adopting is considered a “ministry”, or “reaching out” to children in need.
    I guess once those children belong to the family they are considered blessings.