Quoting Quiverfull: Unplug That IPod?

Quoting Quiverfull: Unplug That IPod? February 15, 2014

by Nancy Campbell at Above Rubies -Zealous or Apathetic?

It grieves my heart to see so many young people from Christian homes who are apathetic toward the things of God. They confess they are Christians, but they have more desire for worldly things than pursuing God. They’d rather watch movies than read God’s Word. In fact, most of them hardly know anything of the Scriptures. They spend every spare moment on their iPod, iPhone, and texting but have little thought for God.

Dearest mothers, what are we doing? It should be our passion, with persistent prayer, to encourage them to be zealous for God. May God save us from raising apathetic, mediocre, and lukewarm young people. May Gold(sic) anoint us by the power of the Holy Spirit to raise sons and daughters who are filled with zeal, who will stand against evil, who will stand up for truth and righteousness, and do mighty acts for God.

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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 and Spiritual Abuse honestly and thoughtfully.

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  • Joy

    I read the Bible on my phone…guess I’d better stop and read a hardcover copy of the KJV….

  • Trollface McGee

    I’d rather kids read books and watch movies that aren’t the Bible. Genocide, murder, slavery, rape, torture, incest, cannibalism – not appropriate topics for kids to be reading.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    How does Nancy know they aren’t listening to a reading of the Bible, or a sermon, a Christian podcast or worship music on those devices? She’s making some assumptions about things she has no way of knowing for sure.

  • Nea

    It’s the kids who hardly know anything of the scriptures? It’s my experience that few of the adults in that culture know the actual *scripture* as opposed to the handful of verses that they like to clobber with or the interpretation that is preached instead of the actual words.

  • Nea

    There’s a Bible app that compares several versions of the Bible and makes it all easily searchable that is proving incredibly popular… with atheists. Because it makes it so easy to point out the inconsistencies or the verses that get overlooked or the context.

  • persephone

    Some commented wanted to know one time why I would have biblos bookmarked if I didn’t believe in Jehovah. And ^this^ is exactly why.

    I also have evilbible bookmarked, just FYI

  • Independent Thinker

    “In fact, most of them hardly know anything of the Scriptures.” I don’t think Nancy knows much about scripture based on her posts. She seems to completely ignore the numerous examples in the bible of childless singles as a model for Christian living.

  • The Bible app gives context, and it is popular with atheists? The atheists that tried to argue the Bible on my blog were very good with taking things out of context and using their favourite translation – which would always be whatever one makes the Bible look the worst.

  • I agree with all the commenters that this culture does not know the Bible well and it is possible to read the Bible on an iPod. I also agree with Nancy – a culture that spend most spare time watching technology hardly have time for interacting with people, even less so for thinking about abstract concepts like God.
    It works like this: You usually think more about spirituality (God or whatever you believe in, this is a general truth not limited to Christianity) when your mind is not constantly racing from one topic to another. (That is why some call Bible study and prayer a “Quiet time”) Modern technology feeds into a short attention span.
    It also makes it less important to learn to read properly and with comprehension.
    Between less reading ability and less thinking of spiritual things (both general truths that are not the case with every smart phone/ iPad/ whatever-technology-you-think-of owner), combined with a lesser interest in what goes on around them – including talking to people about God – it is indeed harder to get a generation who immerse in technology all the time focused on God.
    I say that knowing full well the wonders of technology, and willing to see both the good and the bad in it.

  • Nea

    The app is called YouVersion and there are a lot of articles about it if you google “atheist bible app.”

  • Nea

    a culture that spend most spare time watching technology hardly have time for interacting with people,

    When that technology is mainly used for reading/commenting on blogs/tumblr/websites, listening to/viewing podcasts, tweeting, and texting, can it actually be said that there is no “interaction with people”? Because all of those are forms of communication with another human being, not interacting solely with a machine like playing a preprogrammed game.

    I’ve got friends all over the world because I blog, join mailing lists, and write back to podcasts. People I have since met in person.

    And considering that many of those blogs and podcasts are for particular interests — like this blog — the mind is not “racing from topic to topic”; there is already a shared mutual interest to discuss.

  • Joy

    That’s the app I use. I believe a lot of Christians use it. I guess Christians and atheists like the same Bible app! Must mean that it’s all in how a passage is interpreted and has nothing to do with the app itself.

    I like it because I can see how the same passage is written in different versions.

  • I use technology to interact with friends instantly, across distances unfathomable to the writers of the bible. It far, FAR more human interaction than I would have without it.

  • Astrin Ymris

    I think Nancy Campbell’s REAL beef is that kids may be engaging in Discussion groups with atheists, Pagans, and worst of all… liberal Christians!

    It’s very important to protect this simplistic, literalistic view of Christianity, God and the Bible from contact with people who’ve actually thought deeply about the subject and learned about the historical context. Otherwise, their kids will see the flaws and inconsistencies in what the CPM leaders are selling.

    And reading the Bible for themselves, without an approved Study Guide or adult authority figure to tell them what the verses “mean” is the most threatening thing of all! Any Christian organization which bases its power over its members on their ability to tell their flock what God wants them to do has a vested interest in KEEPING the masses from unsupervised contact with the Bible. Look at how the Catholic Church criminalized “unapproved” translations of the Bible by the laity and lower clergy in the late Middle Ages.

  • Yes, now I know that same app is popular with Christians I can see it is in how it is used.

  • I could read a single line of the bible and know more about God than Nancy Campbell does, and she could read ten thousand lines and yet know nothing about God at all.

    Indeed, a person could have never read the bible at all, yet understand God better than so-called “Biblical Literalists”. Amusingly, as much is said even in the bible itself…

  • Nea

    It was meant for Christians! But it makes it easy for atheists to respond to clobber verses or ignored verses by pulling them out and saying ‘okay, but your book says…’

  • I heard in Mormon General Conference (big important all-church meeting) that if only teens memorised a scripture as often as they texted, they would be mighty warriors for God.
    My thought was if having the entire canon of Scripture memorised was as rewarding as a good conversation with a friend, perhaps they would!

  • Allison the Great

    I’m sure there there is more of God in music than in Nancy Campbell’s advice.

  • Allison the Great

    Agreed. I don’t understand why people use the bible as a basis for morality.

  • Me, too

  • Madame

    “My thought was if having the entire canon of Scripture memorised was as
    rewarding as a good conversation with a friend, perhaps they would!”