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Children: Blight or hope?

I read an article calling for a new approach to childbearing. Couples should have only one child or none at all. The reasoning? Children, as carbon forms, have a negative impact on the environment. The idea is gaining popularity among environmentalists and philosophers.

The premise of this idea presents humanity as a parasite to this world that needs to be controlled. Granted, we have not excelled in managing creation as we should, and we are reaping the tainted harvest of our irresponsible actions; but the idea is fundamentally flawed. It distorts the original purpose of creation.

God created the world for our existence. We were placed here with the command to master and care for it. Herein lays the distortion. Human enlightenment (which has contributed greatly to our present, polluted, environment) holds that the universe and everything in it is an accident, without purpose. Humans are only where we are because we crawled out of the primordial slime to the top of the food chain quicker than our co-inhabitants. Thus, we have no more right to be in control than any other creature. In fact, since we have failed in our duties, we should abdicate our throne.

Because we have not fulfilled our environmental duties does not mean God's initial plan should be redefined. Our environmental challenges will not be overcome by treating people as parasites. Instead of surrendering our throne, we should responsively exercise its God given authority, and realize Children are not a blight on our world, they are its hope and future.

Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.

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