Quoting Quiverfull: Always Busy?

Quoting Quiverfull: Always Busy? December 27, 2013

by Pam Forster at Homeschooling Today – Lessons from the Ant

What would these ants say if they ever stopped their work long enough to watch the children in that kitchen?

“Why isn’t that boy cleaning up this mess?”

“Why is that lady putting all the food away by herself? Why doesn’t someone help her?”

“It’s going to take that girl a long time to wash those dishes if she keeps leaving before she’s done.”

There’s a boy who’s working hard. He’s obeying God, just like we are.”

“Why doesn’t everyone just do his work? Don’t they know they will please God by cheerfully cleaning up this kitchen and helping each other?”

“Hurry! The dog’s cleaning up our crumbs under the table!”

What would the ants see in your household? Would they offer some lessons to teach your children?

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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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  • persephone

    A common tactic of cults is to keep the members busy and focused on work, pushing them for more and more. Perfection is always the unreachable goal.

    My kids have learned that a relatively clean house is a good thing, and have gotten much more helpful around the house, which gives us all more time, so I don’t care if they missed sweeping all the edges, or their backpacks got dumped on the ottoman, or the shelves in the fridge aren’t spotless. They’re happy and I’m happy.

  • 😛

  • Trollface McGee

    And just what is a proper Christian busy home doing with ants in it? Why isn’t someone spraying the ants with poison (also doubles as an excellent opportunity to teach kids God’s wrath!).

  • Saraquill

    The ants in my kitchen would see the looming garlic cloves and cinnamon sticks placed to drive them away. They would also see the bottle of glue plugging up their crawl holes so they can’t come back.

  • Nea

    The ants in my kitchen followed the smells into the many little plastic huts with ant-sized holes, for lo, the smells were good. And they ate of the bait thereof, and brought it unto the queen. And she ate as well, for lo, the smells were tempting and the food was good. The queen and her surviving minions ate in the memory of those legions squashed by the Large Paper Towel From the Sky, and vowed to honor them with more of this food. And this they did for the second day, and a third, and a fourth, unto a week of days and more.

    But in the fullness of a fortnight, the bait doth did its job, yea and verily there were no more ants to speak.

    And the heathen who doth own the kitchen did rolleth her eyes, her eyes did rolleth both back and forth at the idea that morality was to be learned from the insects and she did wondereth why anyone dost consider their opinions to be a scourge upon the soul instead of a minor annoyance upon the kitchen.

  • KarenH

    Actually, if ants registered us at all, wouldn’t they be more along the lines of “INTRUDER!!! DANGER TO THE COLONY!!!” I mean, if they had the consciousness that Pam seems to want to ascribe to them, they’d all be communists (conscious but willingly devoting everything they have to the good of the many and eschewing their own profits), and we all know communists are just bad.

  • KarenH

    You win the internet.

  • Nea

    Thank you!

    On the serious side, how creepy is it to be held to the standard of a hive-minded insect pest? Could anyone be more blatant about saying “your place is as an unthinking drudge?”

  • $66283444

    What would the ants in my house see? Probably nothing…I believe in ant traps.

  • Em

    Get out of my kitchen and mind your own damn business, you inexplicably sentient ants!

  • texcee

    What would the ants find in my kitchen? RAID!

  • Allison the Great

    You should write your own bible. This was brilliant and yes, you have won the internet.

  • Nea

    I’m an atheist, so it would be a short bible! Thank you.

  • Allison the Great

    Even better. I would love to read an atheist version. It woild be funny as hell.