Quoting Quiverfull: Babies “Strangers”?

Quoting Quiverfull: Babies “Strangers”? May 20, 2013

From Ladies Against Feminism’s Tanya Duarte – Mothers and Matthew 25:34-37

“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. ‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we…” Matthew 25:34-37…

I heard a sermon on the radio once (I wish I could remember who said it!) where the preacher explained how closely we, as mothers, practice this passage EVERY DAY!!! We prepare meals for our families at least 3 times a day. We satisfy their thirst.
(Especially us mommas who nurse our sweet babies–not only are we satisfying their thirst, but they are also getting the best nourishment that God ever created for their needs!)
How much more of a stranger can a person get than to be born into a family? Babies are, in essence, strangers to everyone when they are born. Not only strangers, but NAKED
and completely helpless when they arrive! We bring them into our homes, loving them unconditionally, clothing them for years to come, and nursing them back to health into the wee hours of the night whenever they fall ill.
What a privilege! AND what an honor to know that my mother cared for me this way when I was young & helpless! I am SO thankful for my dear mother!

Anyway, going back to that sermon I heard, when I heard that preacher compare this passage of scripture to mothers, it BLESSED me beyond words! I had often (selfishly) thought how much of my day as a mother goes unnoticed by another human’s eyes. Whenever I began to have a pity party about it, the Lord would gently remind me of how THE most important Being in the universe notices every single detail of each day I spend with my precious ones. Knowing THAT makes it SO much more rewarding! It always helps me to meditate on that fact & to practice doing everyday, mundane chores as though I’m doing them all for the glory of Lord Himself. (1Cor.10:31)

I am in absolute AWE of how God GIVES us the privilege of being wives & mothers! What a GIFT!!! Thank You, Jesus, for allowing me the blessing of having a godly mother who took care of me, loves me, prays for me, & raised me up in the fear & admonition of the Lord! And thank You for showering my husband & I with a full quiver of sweet, precious children to raise for your glory!

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  • Dana

    This is rather a clever strategy.

    A big part of Jesus’s message is that it’s not okay just to love your own family (even publicans and sinners do that) but that you have to love outsiders, *strangers*, those of different cultures, those whose religious practices are not your own (Samaritans vs. Jews), and so on–EVERYONE.

    So instead, Duarte has turned that around and made out that the real true way to love strangers, like Jesus told us to, is to love your own children–the very thing the Bible points out it doesn’t take any special Christian virtue to do. In fact, I bet she’ll be so busy taking care of these “strangers” that came out of her womb that she’ll never have any time or money left to worry about anyone who isn’t in her immediate family or social circle ever again for the rest of her life. Just as Paul recommended.

  • aim2misbehave

    I get so fed up when people act like feeding, clothing, and providing education and shelter for a child is an inherently selfless and heroic act. In some circumstances, it can be. But if you have sex specifically hoping to bring a small, helpless human being into the world, if you should succeed it’s now your ~obligation~ to take care of it, not something that earns you brownie points or pats on the back.

  • a-mckeown

    How out of context can you get with this passage? I also noticed the quote missed the part of being in prison.

  • Saraquill

    Should I be distressed at how she refers to her children as strangers? You’re supposed to get to know one another over the course of living together.