Quoting Quiverfull: Culture Changers?

Quoting Quiverfull: Culture Changers? November 20, 2012

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and aks 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.

Kelly Crawford of Ladies Against Feminism and Generation Cedar 11-18-12

Families building walls. How does that translate to our opportunities, responsibilities? Thinking through what this election revealed about the majority of Americans, I think we have some practical counter-options:

  • Reclaim our children. If we want them to think like the government, we’ll let the government educate them. If we want them to think like a Christian, we’ll educate them with a Christian worldview. That simple.
  • Have children. There is power in numbers. Amen.
  • We’ll lay up treasures in Heaven. Scripture says that we cannot serve two masters–both God and money (i.e. the things of the world.) Are we living this out before our children? Are we treasuring things with eternal value? Our relationships? Things that will impact the Kingdom?
  • We’ll value our marriages and prioritize them above material or recreational pursuits. We’ll band together as one flesh and prove that a “three-chord strand is not easily broken”. Ecc. 4:12
  • We’ll teach our children that God is our Provider.
  • We’ll be ignited with a passion for sharing the gospel. Because truly, Jesus has the only answers for the problems that plague the hurting, broken and lost. They are looking, and we know where to find it.
  • We’ll teach our children that we work for things we want. I wonder how many voters in this election voted for the President that would do for them what their parents have always done for them? Loving your children isn’t buying them everything they want. It is teaching them how money really works.
  • We will resurrect orthopraxy. 1 John 2:6
  • We will care enough to search ourselves deeply, and be willing to do more than just talk about what’s wrong. We’ll start with ourselves, our homes, and our children. We’ll be willing to do some things we formerly thought radical. We will begin to build the wall


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  • Regarding working for things we want and not relying on the government, I’m sure we’re all familiar with the state-level statistics that circulate every year or for with a headline similar to, “Red states feed at federal trough, blue states provide the feed” demonstrating that blue states pay more in federal taxes than they receive in payments, while for red states it’s the reverse.

    Meaning, democrats work for their money and help out mooching republicans without complaint, while the republicans bite the hand that feeds them.


    Since this is so well known, I can only imagine that Kelly Crawford is either deliberately lying or deliberately ignorant. Neither speak well of her.

  • Sarah

    I’m getting really tired of the idea that the only reason people vote liberal is that they want a handout. It’s an ugly accusation, not an argument or point.

  • wanderer

    Funny thing is that in my opinion, the election was about whether to do the “right” thing (and vote for Obama who would continue to help those who need it) or do the “comfortable” thing (and vote for Romney because he might get us a cheap quick bump in the stock market).
    This quote makes it sound like she believes the exact opposite!

  • QF should not quote the verse “you cannot serve two masters” when the rest of their message is about wives having two masters– Christ, and their husbands.

  • Also, the New Testament is very much anti-family. Being fruitful and multiplying is in the OT. In the NT, family ties weigh one down and make life more complicated. In the NT, people should stay single and not have children so they can focus on their spiritual lives. This is not always practical, so if you’re already married or you’re a woman without any other source of support or unbearably horny, God isn’t going to send you to hell for not divorcing or for marrying — just as long as you don’t conduct yourself like you’re on Jerry Springer. Everything she says about children is anti-biblical.

  • As if the Republican vote “Lower Taxes” and “less restrictions” is any less a handout?
    Why is the “children are a blessing” passage always quoted but not “wealth is a blessing” and “give wine to the sick and dying?” Same book.

    Also Liberals in general have less incidence of divorce. Interesting stat. Older married, college educated liberals have one of the lowest incidence of divorce in the US today. If marriage was truly what was valued rather than a theory about it, then you would think they would be pushing people to go to college, start a career and get married later – using what is proven to work. Instead, they say they value marriage, but put their children in the least likely scenario to ever have a good marriage. How does that work?

  • Yes. Statistically, these 5 things all largely increase the chance of the marriage working:
    *When partners see the marriage as egalitarian, not hierarchal.
    *Being over 25 at the time of the wedding
    *Having a college education
    *Having fewer previous sexual partners than average.
    *Making more money – the rich is more likely than the poor to have a lasting marriage.

    What do quiverful marriages have? 1 out of 5, usually?

  • fwtbc

    Typo alert. The opening paragraph has “aks our readers” instead of ask. This typo has been present in all the quoting quiverfull posts so far I believe.

  • lucrezaborgia

    Romney was a poor candidate. Obama isn’t perfect either but the Republican options were of the hell no” variety.

  • lucrezaborgia

    You can’t change culture if you separate from it. You merely create a different culture.

  • Melissa

    Is it bad that the rest was so nuts that all I’ve got in my head is lyrics from “Another Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd? That last line just got me thinking on it, and it feels eerily appropriate.

  • Rebecca W.

    Orthopraxy? Ok, I guess if you’re going to out-and-out say you’re legalistic choosing a word no one’s ever heard of is the way to go…

  • Word meaning of ortho- : Correct (and several mathematical/ scientific meanings which are not what she could have meant.)
    Word meaning of -praxis (from which praxy is derived) :
    1. Practical application or exercise of a branch of learning.
    2. Habitual or established practice; custom.
    In other words, she wants people to “live right” again. But that is hardly a point. Everyone does. People who promote healthy eating do it because they believe that is living right, people who promote egalitarianism or marital submission, spanking or not spanking children, they all think you will live right by doing what they propose.

  • madame

    I posted a comment a few hours ago with a link. Did it get caught in the spam filter or something?