8 You will obey the Lord again. You will obey all his commands that I’m giving you today. 9 Then the Lord your God will give you great success in everything you do. You will have many children. Your livestock will have many little ones. Your crops will do very well. The Lord will take delight in you again. He’ll give you success. That’s what he did for your people of long ago. 10 But you must obey the Lord your God. You must keep his commands and rules. They are written in this Book of the Law. You must turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
(Deuteronomy 30:8-10; please read the whole chapter)
One of the “consequences” of obedience is: (wait for it)…many children.
God will reward our obedience with “great success in everything [we] do. [We] will have many children.”
So, that’s why we use birth control–we despise God’s definition of “success”; we don’t want His rewards for our obedience (at least not this particular one); even when we’re not so deserving, we fail to recognize that babies are evidence of God’s grace, goodness, and compassion toward us in spite of our shortcomings. I’m not being mean, I’m just being biblical.
And this is where the rant starts.
I hate birth control.
The reason I hate it is because it’s against God and His ways. It’s distorted, twisted, deformed, and ugly. It’s the opposite of God’s intentions for us. In modern culture we see it publicized as “good stewardship,” “being responsible,” and “taking care of yourself and the children you already have.” Lies from the Devil.
How long will we Christians rationalize our errant behavior? How long will we call bad, “good”? How long will we call good, “bad”? We’re so good at making excuses. “Oh, but I have enough children already, and they need me more than I need another baby.” “I couldn’t keep supporting our family (with a job) and keep having more children, too.” “I’m serving the Lord in Christian ministry, and my husband and I want to dedicate ourselves to the ‘work’ the Lord has ‘given’ us to do.” “My body can’t handle another pregnancy and birth.” “We don’t have the finances to support a growing family right now.” And on and on…
I will take a second here to say that there are some very difficult situations that may necessitate complete abstinence for awhile. This is what the Bible advocates for extreme circumstances, but it NEVER advocates birth control (as in, continuing to be intimate while using “methods” to prevent conception).
But we’re selfish and evil. We want to have it our way. And we ignore what God wants. Then we explain away our sick actions by trying to convince ourselves and others that those sins aren’t really sins, but are “good.” Selfish, evil, and liars.
When will we wake up? When will we wash ourselves clean, and dump the filthiness of the world, the flesh, and the devil at the feet of our Savior, and commit ourselves to obey Him WHOLEHEARTEDLY?
We’re a bunch of half-hearted Christians, and it makes me sick. I make myself sick. I used to do the same things that I now rant against. Even now, I don’t always appreciate God’s gift of children, and instead complain about how hard my life is. I’m so ungrateful.
***Dear Jesus, I know how much you love us, all of us. We (all true believers) are Yours, Your church, Your body! Please, cleanse us, cleanse Your bride! Wash us from our waywardness and our willfulness, and prepare us for Your coming, so that we may meet You, our Groom, unspotted and without wrinkle. Un-blind our eyes from the lies we’ve been believing; help us to see clearly. Preserve Your people from the enemy, who wishes to kill, steal, and destroy. Oh, Jesus, return our hearts to You! Fill us with fire straight from Heaven, and may we never return to our previous lukewarmness. In Your Name, amen.***
11 What I’m commanding you today is not too hard for you. It isn’t beyond your reach. 12 It isn’t up in heaven. So you don’t have to ask, “Who will go up into heaven to get it? Who will announce it to us so we can obey it?” 13 And it isn’t beyond the ocean. So you don’t have to ask, “Who will go across the ocean to get it? Who will announce it to us so we can obey it?” 14 No, the message isn’t far away at all. In fact, it’s really near you. It’s in your mouth and in your heart so that you can obey it.
15 Today I’m giving you a choice. You can have life and success. Or you can have death and harm. 16 I’m commanding you today to love the Lord your God. I’m commanding you to live exactly as he wants you to live. You must obey his commands, rules and laws. Then you will live. There will be many of you. The Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to take as your own.
17 Don’t let your hearts turn away from the Lord. Instead, obey him.