Quoting Quiverfull: Soft Godly Answers to Everything?

by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies -What’s Your Answer?

We give answers all day long, don’t we? Sometimes they are answers to questions; other times they are reactions to the words and deeds of our husband and children. What kind of answers do we give? Answers of wisdom? Answers of kindness? A soft answer when facing anger? Or do we give reactionary answers? Frustrating answers? Angry answers? Impatient answers?

I read this morning in Proverbs 16:1, “The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.” May God fill our hearts and our tongues with answers from the Lord. Answers that bless in the face of accusation. Answers that are sweet even in the midst of harshness. Answers that are positive and filled with God’s wisdom.

Can we make today a day of godly answers?

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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

    Lovely. Another post about women not allowed any feeling or response that isn’t joyful, loving, and full of God.
    Who cares if you’re having a bad day, or the children are being irritating, or the husband is being condescending? Squash down those impure feelings, woman! Paste a Godly smile on your face!

  • Lolly

    How about honest answers. There is so much pressure to make every movement and utterance a spiritual event. I think that would drive me berserk if I felt that kind of pressure to live like that all the time, no mistakes allowed.

    And I despise the smarmy way she writes. And she always assumes the worst about everyone, she never gives anyone any credit. Angry, frustrated, impatient, is how she figures her followers act. Nice. I guess if people felt good about themselves, they wouldn’t need to go to Nancy for advice.

  • Nightshade

    There is some truth buried within the crap here. A ‘soft answer’ can be the way to go when you don’t want to/can’t afford to let a situation escalate, if you’re dealing with a totally irrational person who has already made up his/her mind, etc. BUT…using soft answers as the only right answers is dishonest and sometimes downright destructive when it prevents the truth from being seen. Some situations call for plain open replies, ‘reactionary answers’ at least reveal the truth of the moment, and sometimes an angry answer is the only honest, sensible response.

  • Saraquill

    Hmm, now I’m tempted to ask her which digits of pi make up the Feynman point, so I can see how she makes a factual answer “godly.”