Quoting Quiverfull: Sheeple?

Quoting Quiverfull: Sheeple? October 22, 2014

sheepby Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies – Foster Relationships

All of Nancy’s talking about family, forging relationships, looking each other in the eyes and no texting at the dinner tables reminds me of the silly Sprint ‘Framily’ commercials. Likely Nancy would have a fit over this family. But sometimes families are as individual and weird as the Sprint one. Miss seeing these commercials.

Family life is togetherness. It is relationships. They take time to build. If we don’t make an effort to keep the family relating together, it is easy for everyone to start going their own ways. The family becomes fragmented instead of being built together.

Of all the animals God created, He chose to call us His sheep. Sheep have a flock mentality. They cannot survive on their own. They are only content when in the flock. Psalm 107:41 tells us that God also makes “families like a flock.” He wants us to be together.

A wonderful way to fellowship together is at the family meal table where we encourage discussion and heart and soul dialogue together. I hope you have the same rule that we do at our family table that no one is allowed to bring IPhones or IPads to the table. I cannot think of anything more rude than people texting or checking their messages while sitting with the family. It’s bad enough seeing families do this at a restaurant, let alone in the family home. We sit around a table for the purpose of being able to look at one another in the eye as we share together.

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  • Saraquill

    What does she know about familial togetherness? Doing nothing as her daughter and grandchildren flee a condemned home in winter? Collecting children from a foreign country to turn them into props and unpaid labor?

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    So those kids/grandkids have Iphones and Ipads but no heat our running water in their home? That’s some strange priorities there

  • Nightshade

    I have a Samsung, not an iPhone, so I can bring it to the table, right?

  • BlueVibe

    I’m all for family dinners but I think people get it backwards. They focus on the “family dinner” part and forget that the family dinner is a symptom, not a cure. As in, functional families where the parents have their stuff together (in a good way) and everybody is pretty much getting along are more likely to have food and to eat it together, and kids from those families are less likely to spin off into disastrous lives. Family dinners at figurative gunpoint won’t fix a fragmented, dysfunctional, family. If you’re controlling and your kids hate you, all the family dinners in the world won’t keep them from fleeing at the first opportunity.

  • Trollface McGee

    And why are people on iPhones during dinner at restaurants? It couldn’t be that they’re calling the babysitter to check on the kids, or checking how many calories there are in a dish, or finding directions to the theatre they are going to after dinner or any number of reasons why people would be on their phones. It’s easier just to label them as rude and declare yourself better than they are.

  • Astrin Ymris

    True, that: For Nancy, it’s all about putting down others while patting herself on the back about how much better SHE is.

    In a larger sense, maybe she’s trying to buck up True Christians™ living in poverty that while families with college educated parents and gainfully-employed mothers may be able to afford nifty electronic devices, they’re worse off than CPM families because they don’t REALLY love each other. Letting your kids pursue their own interests is portrayed as indifference rather than acceptance, and family members having friends and interests outside the home is positioned as “alienation” rather than “having healthy boundaries”.

  • Nea

    As far as I can tell, if I’m dining alone and reading Pride and Prejudice on paper, it’s perfectly reasonable. But if I’m dining alone and reading Pride and Prejudice off my phone, I’m too dependent on technology and horrifically rude.

  • Allison the Great

    This eye contact thing that Nancy always insists upon… I don’t understand the significance of it. I’ve always thought of eye contact as invasive and uncomfortable.

  • Trollface McGee

    What are you doing eating alone and not without at least 5 children in your presence? Nancy would say that a proper woman shouldn’t eat at all, but bask in the glory of her children chewing something overly complicated and unhealthy. And with technology no less! Scandalous! That’s what’s wrong with society. We used to have to churn butter by hand and now we’ve got an app for that. All the time we’re saving churning butter is just used for fornication and perversions.

  • Astrin Ymris

    Perhaps it’s a dominance thing– “I’m more important than you, so you’d better be watching me attentively at all times! What do you mean, you were ‘thinking about something’? You have no business thinking about anything else while I’M in the room. And anyway, I’LL tell you what God wants you to believe, so you shouldn’t be doing any unauthorized thinking, anyway. The only ‘thinking’ you need to be doing is anticipating my needs!”

    I have trouble with eye contact, too. At times, it’s felt almost like enduring a mild electric shock to make eye contact. At other times, I’d become so innured to pushing myself past my own discomfort that I’ve been warned to tone it down. You can’t win.

    Looking at photos from my childhood, I was struck by the realization that I often wasn’t even looking at the camera. Even when obviously complying with a request to pose for the camera, I’m usually looking off to the side.

  • persephone

    I doubt it. I’m sure the patriarchs have every device they want.

  • It’s most definitely a dominance thing. Everything with these people is related to dominance in some form or another, reminding everyone around them that THEY are at the top of the totem pole. *grumble*

  • *salute*

  • Nea

    I don’t know – churning butter requires a constant thrusting, rocking motion until something starts coming out of all that liquid — how immodest of our great grandmothers! I need to fan myself and sing a Gothard song just thinking about it! 😀

  • Nea

    On sober reflection, doesn’t Nancy have happy singing servants to chew for her and deposit food into her mouth like manna? Although if they are so rude as to not ask to chew for an aging matriarch, she is pleased to revel in the exercise her jaws get.

  • ConcepcionImmaculadaPantalones

    Eye contact can be an indicator of whether someone is telling the truth or not – too much or too little are tied to the person being deceptive, along with many other possible micro-expressions and body-language. Perhaps Nancy wants everyone at her “dining table” (meal table which was originally used just feels clunky) to make eye contact and the ones who don’t comply are obviously lying or concealing something – giving her a reason to beat them with random implements until they confess and she then locks them in the basement.

  • ConcepcionImmaculadaPantalones

    Maybe…Nancy seems to have a problem specifically with Apple products. Maybe she didn’t get the new iPhone she wanted for Christmas. Or the executives for the company had their lawyers draft cease and desist letters to send her because they got tired of the weekly notes telling them they’re evil and going to hell by hiring women and keeping them from their true role as women – babies, housework, husband servicing – those equal opportunity employer sinners!

  • Trollface McGee

    She’s just upset that Eve ate that apple. Every time she sees an iPad she is reminded about that brazen hussy, eating fruit without her husband’s permission. If she were Eve, not only would she not have eaten that apple, but she would have not eaten that apple with zeal!