The Evangelical Response to Black Lives Matter is Have More White Babies?

The Evangelical Response to Black Lives Matter is Have More White Babies? June 18, 2020

A mama bird visible only by her tail sitting on a nest of eggs in Arenal Costa Rica. A better mother than many Quiverfull mothers.

Racism in Quiverfull is nothing new. We’ve heard Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies state baldly that you must have as many good Christian white babies as possible to out breed the scary brown Muslims. Right now Lori Alexander in her chatroom and her blog The Transformed Wife is also coming up with not so unracist ways to respond to the recent protests over systemic racism in our country. Pastors are making claims of white superiority, and every other kind of racist nonsense their confederate flag waving selves can concoct.

While the author Kevin DeYoung never mentions the protests he alludes to ‘troubling times’ and losing a cultural war. He keeps mentioning the recent Supreme Court ruling that protects transgendered, and complains this will now open the door for legal proceedings against the church. But we’re seen this “Out breed” advice time and time again in regard to race.

What is new is when a mainstream Christian publication decides the only good response to a call for justice for people of all races is to pop out more white babies. The Gospel Coalition had this to say:

“Here’s a culture war strategy conservative Christians should get behind: have more children and disciple them like crazy. Strongly consider having more children than you think you can handle. You don’t have to be a fertility maximalist to recognize that children are always lauded as a blessing in the Bible. Maybe on another occasion I’ll write about the triumph of birth control in the 20th century and how it happened with little theological reflection from the church, but for now let me at least nudge you in the direction of John Frame: “It seems to me that birth control is permissible in many situations, but it bears a high burden of proof. It can be a responsible choice, but is probably overused” (786).”

Children may be a blessing, but not everyone is emotionally, financially, socially, or any other way ready to make the life long commitment having children can be. It’ s not as simple as buying a new pair of shoes, and then deciding they don’t fit. It’s serious, it’s a decision not to be entered into lightly at all. Yet they act like it is nothing.

“As I’ve said before, in the not-too-distant future, the only couples replacing themselves in America will be religious couples. Although there are many good reasons to have a baby, at the end of the day, as Jonathan Last maintains, “there’s only one good reason to go through the trouble a second time: Because you believe, in some sense, that God wants you to” (170). The basic reason countries stop having children is because they’ve come to see offspring as a liability rather than a source of hope. As Christians, we know better.”

No, no, no! This is how we end up with these crazy sub-standard families that need CPS intervention but fight it. This is how we end up with families like the Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar family who exploit their children for financial gain. This is how we end up with families on the knife edge of poverty who think they are too good to work, like the David and Jill Rodrigues family. This is how we end up with families failing to met any basic needs of the family like the  Turpin family. Not because we’re having children because we want them, and we love them, but because it is a duty.

“The future belongs to the fecund. It’s time for happy warriors who seek to “renew the city” and “win the culture war” by investing in their local church, focusing on the family, and bringing the kingdom to bear on the world, one baby at a time.”

Winning some stuff and nonsense made up construct culture war has to be the dumbest of all reasons to bring another person into this world. It’s thoughtless, unfeeling, and narcissist to think that way.

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About Suzanne Titkemeyer
Suzanne Titkemeyer went from a childhood in Louisiana to a life lived in the shadow of Washington D.C. For many years she worked in the field of social work, from national licensure to working hands on in a children's residential treatment center. Suzanne has been involved with helping the plights of women and children' in religious bondage. She is a ordained Stephen's Minister with many years of counseling experience. Now she's retired to be a full time beach bum in Tamarindo, Costa Rica with the monkeys and iguanas. She is also a thalassophile. She also left behind years in a Quiverfull church and loves to chronicle the worst abuses of that particular theology. She has been happily married to her best friend for the last 33 years. You can read more about the author here.
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