Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Welcome Sophia: Another Ray of Light in a Culture of Death
It is not new news to declare that the Western world is in a demographic crisis, not to mention other developed countries like Japan. This demographic debacle is not at all surprising, given the selfish sinfulness that drives our societies. Children are considered an impediment to our happiness and fulfillment (at least if you have more that two of them). Of course, it is not hard to figure out where this wilfull sterilization will lead for any society that embraces it - extinction.
However, I am distressed when I see Christians falling into the same mindset as the self-destructing societies around us. This thinking finds no support from the Scriptures and should be utterly alien to a transformed mind.
At our church and in my home, we revel in children as an unmitigated good from God (Psalm 127:3). I am not a naive utopian, as I have five children and am well acquainted with the challenges that children bring. Nevertheless, even these challenges are a means of God's grace in our lives. Rearing children for the Lord is one of the best things we can do for ourselves and for the glory of God.
In light of that, I want to give a special welcome to Sophia Tossell, the youngest attender at High Country Baptist Church. May God make her into a virtuous woman who is far more precious than jewels.
Here are some more "arrows" that God has blessed us with. We trust that by God's grace they will love the Lord their God with all their hearts and be mighty men for God.