Wednesday, February 04, 2009

A Letter On The Blessed Womb And Motherhood

We're just in from a late meeting where I had some wonderful discussion one topic being motherhood and the training up and inspiring of the next generation. I was glad when perusing my reader to find that a friend had published a letter written by Beall Phillips. It is a reply to a less than gracious, less than charitable, stiff necked mocker of faithful women that delight in their calling to be fruitful bearers of children.
It is a very uplifting and edifying read. Enjoy.
First a word from Mr. Phillips,

We receive thousands of pieces of mail at the Vision Forum. Many are encouraging. Some are confrontational. This letter recently arrived on my desk.
Mr. Phillips, Stop Having Children!

[Mr. Phillips] Your poor wife must be sick of popping out kids? Stop overpopulation! Use birthcontrol for (expletive deleted)! Pitiful. Stop adding “freaks” to our society. Abstain. God would want you to (sic). ___.

Dear _, God bless you. This is Doug’s “poor” wife here writing to assure you that “popping out” kids, though challenging, is among the most glorious gifts that the Lord bestows upon a redeemed woman. Prolific mothers are not “baby machines” (as both Margaret Sanger and some very confused professing Christians), but blessed vessels of life from which the Lord brings eternal souls into this earth and fulfills his own command that man “be fruitful and multiply.”

For a Christian, having babies is not about birthing pains, changing diapers or baking cookies(though it includes all of these). Having babies is about transforming the world forever. This investment will last, not for thirty years, not for my lifetime, but f-o-r-e-v-e-r. The investment is realized on earth and pays dividends for eternity. On earth, we pray that these children will advance the very kingdom of God. But in heaven, the souls of every redeemed child will stand with me throughout eternity before the Lord Jesus. The pressures of today (be they financial, physical, etc.)that taunt Christians to self-consciously distort God’s fruitful purpose for the womb, and to separate life from love, will seem infinitesimally small as we look back upon this whisper of a life with our children beside us in eternity.

My children can have more far reaching implications for society and posterity than anything else I can do. Having babies and training children for Jesus Christ means my life work will last forever. I hurt for you and those sad, misguided souls who would think of prolific motherhood as reducing women to the status of “baby machine.” I refuse to accept the minimizing, selfish, materialistic, and limited vision of womanhood dispensed by the apostles of modernity and relevancy in this generation. My dream is far greater. I reject the options which the world offers. I want something bigger.

Though I have been blessed with seven children who are the delight of my soul, Doug and I fervently pray for more. While I am not sure what you mean by “freaks,” I can assure you it is my goal to populate the world with “fools for Christ” who view children as a blessing, the womb as sacred, and the calling of helpmeet and mother as holy before our Lord Jesus.
I understand that you and I disagree on these points, but I want to let you know that I am glad that your mother gave you life. I don’t know you, but I would never wish that you were not born, nor would I presume that the world would be a better place without you. In fact, I would be happy if perhaps someday we can meet unified in Christ and as friends. And yes, with more babies on our laps.

Sincerely Yours,
Beall Phillips


Mrs. Hurzeler said...

Wow. She is incredible. She really shows how we can respond to difficult matters without losing our heads. Thanks so much for posting this. Needless to say this is one lesson I need to learn. Responding Biblically.
God Bless.

Nick Jesch said...

Mrs. Phillips is one amazing and wonderful woman, Perhaps someday I'll have the priviledge of meeting her face to face (better yet, with some babies to fill both our laps). Some time ago I was with most of my siblings, and made the comment that I still desired to marry and have a family. One of my brothers made a shocking response (the one that has been married and divorced twice, never any children): DEWDD, THAT'S WRONGGGG! and went into the classic "too many people on the planet, we're running out of everything, no space to put them" rant. This said in the dining room of a 3500 square foot two story home in which FOUR people normally dwell...... Hah, in Nicaragua or the Dominican Republic, that house would be home to thirty people who'd be thankful for having it!!

Such is the mind of the secular world, perverted by the likes of Sanger, Russeau, Darwin, Neitsche... Lord, open their eyes!

Anonymous said...

Kids are what you make them. They are clay that is to be molded. They are a blessing, but if you do not raise them to honor and respect the values, morals they should and be Godly. They can turn into a curse of your own creation.

Too many parents these days that don't know how to be parents. We see this everywhere in our society today. I am glad that I have my eyes opened to know the difference.