NLQ Question of the Week: Why Not Just Admit Struggles?

NLQ Question of the Week: Why Not Just Admit Struggles? September 1, 2016

QuestionoftheweekThis is a series we run every Thursday. The questions are things that people who may not know much about the Quiverfull movement or even Fundamentalist or Evangelical Christianity ask about the lifestyle. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life can only shine a light on the toxic nature of this lifestyle choice.

Nancy Campbell’s family recent struggles that she’s not whispered a word about that might have made everyone more understanding towards her illustrate an important principal in Quiverfull and many other versions of Christianity. Do not admit to any struggles or trials while they are ongoing. Sure, there are some that will ask their inner circle for prayer for them while going through difficulties but it seems much more common to plaster over and pretend everything is perfect. Why is that do you think?

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  • Aimee Shulman

    A lot of these people have it absolutely branded into their souls from childhood that they MUST be perfect at all times and MUST never let on when they can’t handle something, because:

    a) complaining is SINFUL;
    b) if they were only good enough, God would surely not let them suffer, so the fact that things suck for them must mean that they brought it on themselves and are being punished for SINNING, wherefore they have no right to say anything about it;
    c) they know that everyone around them will be harshly judging them for falling short of the mandatory perfection;
    d) they know that by openly being less than perfect, they will be admitting that their extreme “Only Correct Way To Exist” lifestyle doesn’t lead to the absolute ideal dream life that they claim it does.

  • Exactly. It would be showing a poor testimony to admit that there was anything in your life that you couldn’t handle.

  • Nea

    Admitting to struggles is admitting to having bought into a system that doesn’t work and won’t provide on its promises.

  • Stephanie Rice

    In my observation, the lifestyle is primarily about two things: 1. That Quiverfull “works” and produces the best life possible and pleases God the most. 2. Convincing other people that this lifestyle is what God wants from all people.
    If anyone admits that the lifestyle is not working, they ruin their chances of accomplishing the goal in #2.

  • persephone

    b. especially. This Calvinist BS destroys people.

  • Aimee Shulman

    There are plenty of them who aren’t Calvinist. Baptists and independent evangelicals, for example, make up a large percentage of the crazy in some places. It doesn’t do to blame one particular denomination all by itself when that means you leave out a lot of offenders who also need the spotlight shone on them.

  • persephone

    There’s a definite thread of Calvinism running through the Protestant work ethic, whether or not the denomination claims Calvinism.