Quoting Quiverfull: Doing Hard Things?

Quoting Quiverfull: Doing Hard Things? February 6, 2013

From The Rebelution by Alex & Brett Harris “Why Do Hard Things?” – January 30, 2013

In James 1:2, we’re told to consider it “pure joy” when we’re faced with challenges, trials, and obstacles, because they test our faith and makes us stronger. Think about that. The God who created you and loves you cares about your growth — and the way He has designed you to grow is through challenges.

It’s just like the way your muscles grow stronger when you work out and the way your brain grows new neurons when it is challenged. You grow stronger, in both character and competence, when you do hard things.

In order to do hard things we need to get over the idea that God’s love means He wants us to go through life with as little effort or discomfort as possible. This is similar to the mistaken notion that we don’t need to change because God loves us just the way we are. God does love us just the way we are, but He also loves us too much to leave us the way we are. He wants us to grow.

Of course, none of this is to say that God wants us to live joyless and pain-filled lives, but it’s a joy that’s rooted in more than our temporary circumstances, and at times pain is necessary in order to gain something of greater value.

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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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  • Stacey B.

    I encountered a belief similar to this at my old fundamentalist church. They viewed pain and hardship as essential to character building. This included illnesses. I remember this poor kid at the church who was diagnosed with leukemia, and people would tell his mother that his condition would build his “spiritual resistance”, and therefore he didn’t need any sort of treatment. Poor kid. I wonder what happened to him. I pray that he’s well and has left that abusive church.

  • Persephone

    This seems to be the basis for much of the very un-Christian behavior of many Christians in their willingness to let even children suffer and die because they are poor.

  • suzannecalulu

    This whole “redemptive suffering” goes way back in Christian tradition. I remember learning about it as a Catholic child. But the Evangelicals and Fundamentalists seemed to have latched unto it hard to explain the bad things that happen in life without any deeper understanding of why things happen or any role they themselves may have played in their bad thing.

    i.e. -It’s like saying – “God owns all the cattle on all the hills so as His child I need never worry about supporting myself or my family.” followed by spending madly and running up huge credit card bills and justifying it, “Satan prevented God from blessing me financially, so having to file bankruptcy is a test from God. He’s allowing me to go through this to grow me spiritually.” No sense of personal responsibility or thinking that they might need to take action on their own.