I need to be moving along in my day, but wanted to you point to you Crystal’s post, Let’s Overpopulate the World.
She suggests that those of us who have large families will grow generation by generation until we “take over” by sheer numbers. This raised a bit of a fuss, which really surprised me. I grew up with my Dad tallying descendents; the numbers changed every time a new baby was born.
Time for some disclaimers:
- We realize that not every small family is small by choice.
- This is not the sort of takeover in which people are forced to be baptized and attend a Christian church. This is like yeast in a lump of bread: the influence of Christianity will grow and spread throughout society until society itself is leavened – er – Christianized.
My parents, with their 14 children, are hoping for at least 100 grandchildren. In their early 50′s with just a few of us older children married, they already have 14 grandchildren. We love to do the math – how many great grandchildren will they have if everyone has “only” 7 children? Nearly 700! If we assume that all the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren are married, that comes to over 1600 heads in just 3 generations. Can you imagine the impact that large families can have upon society around them?
Our pastor encourages families to consider settling permanently in one area. I can see the wisdom in this. Those 1600 people will have a far greater influence if they are concentrated in one community rather than spread throughout the country – or the world. They will also maintain a greater influence upon each other.
Some people worry about Muslims doing the same thing. I’m not worried. We have an advantage over them. The One True God is on our side. Or rather, we are on His side. When it’s all said and done, we are on the winning side.
One more note: Doug Phillips related an anecdote about his mother that I just have to share. It’s a great comeback for anyone who accuses you of having children in an already overpopulated world. To that accusation Mrs. Phillips replied with the utmost dignity, “Sir, the world needs my children.”
So in the meantime, we will press on in His service, striving to do all things to His glory.
I also need to add that overpopulation is a silly myth. Did you know that the entire population of the world could live in the state of Texas at a density roughly equal to that in a major US metropolitan area (Milwaukee, Los Angeles, or Detroit) and significantly less crowded than other major US cities like New York (nearly 4 times as crowded!), San Fransisco (more than twice), Philadelphia, and Boston (both nearly twice as crowded). Kinda makes you say, “hmmm.”by