Quoting Quiverfull: Childish Homeschooler Syndrome Part 2

by Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin at Visionary Daughters

Is growing up in a Christian home an advantage to us, or a disadvantage?

We pointed out in our last article that children from Christian homes are beneficiaries of many advantages. The danger is when we let this privileged life make us spoiled rotten. In other words, instead of using our advantages humbly, gratefully, and diligently, we can let them make us lazy, proud and selfish.

This is the danger that always faces the second generation. After inheriting the fruit of our parents’ labors, we grow fat on them; we become indolent coasting on their spiritual capital.

This is a serious sin. The Lord thundered against the Israelites, “As they had their pasture, they became satisfied, And being satisfied, their heart became proud; Therefore they forgot Me.” – Hosea 13:6

We don’t often realize how serious this is, because we can be guilty of these same things and still seem “good kids,” unblemished by the wicked things “other” children do.

When many of us “good kids” think of the sins of Sodom, we think of flagrant debauchery and perversion (no danger of going there, we reassure ourselves). But this is what God actually condemned them for: “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.” – Ezekiel 16:49

And these are the most common sins of the second generation. This is why we have met Christian parents who thought it better not to teach their children about God or Christianity at all, so that they could “find God for themselves.” (Of course, this is not only an unsound, pragmatic hermeneutic, but contrary to the biblical model of multigenerational family discipleship, and the mandate to “Teach them to your children,” Deuteronomy 6:7).

Instead of throwing our inheritance to the wind, we need to identify our own weaknesses that keep us from going further than our parents.

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  • saraquill

    I don’t know enough about these sisters to say how much of an advantage or disadvantage they have. What I would like to know is, other than writing this book and worshiping their dad as an avatar, what have they done as a result of “growing up in a Christian home?”

  • Howl

    Let’s see, Botkin sisters, there seems to be a clear mandate to help the poor and needy, and you highlighted this as something condemned by God: “neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.”
    “Instead of throwing our inheritance to the wind, we need to identify our own weaknesses that keep us from going further than our parents.”
    Botkins, perhaps you can go further than you parents by devoting yourselves, I mean really dedicating your lives, to helping the poor/needy, because that is THE CHRISTIAN THING TO DO. It is right there, right on the page in front of you, in the Bible verse that you quoted. How much of the profits of your family’s business go to the poor? Ever think of getting a degree in social work to help people in difficulty? Why doesn’t your blog focus with great intensity on how to alleviate suffering: physical suffering, emotional suffering, financial suffering of the poor. While you are waiting for the right husband to come along to get the breeding program going, please go out in the world and do some true good.

  • Meggie

    “abundance of idleness”

    Staying at home, in some families helping mummy raise younger siblings, in other families helping daddy, seems fairly idle to me. Anna Sophia and Elizabeth might be “busy” but I don’t see them doing anything productive.

  • But.. but ministry is the highest calling? Can’t any of you wicked sinners see that?? /sarcasm

  • madame

    I guess it depends on what “helping mummy or daddy” looks like.
    I’m sure many of these girls are pretty busy if mom is having a baby every year, homeschooling, running a home business, gardening, making their clothes, cooking everything from scratch…. I can see how all that would take more than one person to get it all done.
    The Botkin sisters seem to have created a ficticious need and they are now “in ministry” reaching out to all those young girls whom they’ve made needy.
    They’d do better if they actually got their hands dirty doing something of true value for people in real need.