Quoting Quiverfull: Following a Leader?

by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies – Are You Following The Leader?

This morning at Family Devotions we read the Scripture we know so well, “Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2). I was reminded again that if we follow the way of society, we will not be in the PERFECT will of God, no matter how much we think we are. God’s way and the world’s way are opposite. To do what everyone else is doing is usually the broad way that leads to destruction. The narrow way, that few choose to take, is the way to life.

Society encourages mothers to leave their home, put their children in daycare, and get a job! How boring! How insignificant! They are put in the “box”! God’s PERFECT will for mothers is to embrace children and raise them to be mighty men and women for God, children who know God, know His Word, and who will influence society for the kingdom of God. That’s powerful living. It’s what our quote at the top of this page says.

I originally come from New Zealand, a sheep a country. No wonder God calls us sheep. They always follow one another. Huge flocks of sheep contentedly chew their grass on the green paddocks of New Zealand. However, if one sheep finds a hole in the fence and goes through, it won’t be long before other sheep also follow through the hole into the next paddock. The sheep that are away on the hillside are unaware of what is happening. But, they also gradually gravitate towards the hole in the fence. It may take a day or two, but eventually that whole flock of sheep will land up in the next paddock. And they have no idea why they are there or where they are! They just follow each other.

Isn’t this what happens to us? We assimilate to what everyone else is doing. Let’s be those who seek the truth and line up with God rather than fitting in with society.

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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.

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  • http://yllommormon.blogspot.com/ aletha

    Um…it works that way in Christian culture, too. (At least in Mormondom) Only instead of getting out of the fence, people keep making the fence smaller, showing how righteous they are.

  • persephone

    No wonder Nancy loves living here. I’m pretty sure New Zealand doesn’t allow abuse of children under the guise of religion.

    Have you noticed that there’s a voice these nutjob females use? It’s so overly calm and soft, like a feminine HAL 9000.

  • http://biblicalpersonhood.wordpress.com/ Retha Faurie

    I will challenge her base assumption: Where does she get that God wants mothers to stay at home while fathers work away from home, with mothers doing the work of child raising instead of earning money?
    Common sense tells me it is good if a family could manage to have young children at home with a parent (both circumstance and tradition more often have a mother in that position), but it is *not in the Bible.*
    People like her should stop teaching their assumptions as if it is the will of God. And people should stop following those who teach things like “women’s roles” – followers of such leaders just end up in the next paddock with no idea how they got there.

  • Kristen Rosser

    If God’s way and the world’s way are always opposite, then why, when wives in Greek and Roman culture were limited to the home and to raising children in Bible times, was God’s way apparently the same thing?

  • Lolly

    I see. Above Rubies is a website that has free newsletters and has a tip jar. What a schnorrer she is, telling other women that earning a living is ungodly and turribulawful, and then begging for money in the process. How do you come up with these things, Nancy, you must stay up late at night trying to think up this kind of claptrap to meet your publication deadlines.

  • Stevarious

    “Society encourages mothers to leave their home, put their children in daycare, and get a job! How boring! How insignificant! They are put in the “box”! ”

    There are ten thousand different lives that a woman might pursue. Full-time child-rearing is but one of them. Yet, somehow, 99,999 of the available options are the ‘box’ of boring insignificance, and full-time child-rearing is the ONLY path of power and influence.