I’m right in the middle of writing a post on another topic for this blog when the hosts of the Christian program “The 700 Club” announced they will be interviewing a male author, Jonathan V. Last, of a book called “What to Expect When No One’s Is Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster.”
This was preceded by a journalist on the show doing a brief news segment high-lighting that birth rates for 20-something American women have declined, while births for ages 35 – 44 American women have increased.
I never cared strongly if I had children or not. I wanted marriage, but kids? I didn’t care strongly about having children. That’s my personal position on the kid issue.
I am watching the interview now, as it’s airing.
The author at least concedes that it’s okay if people choose not to have kids. Host Pat Robertson isn’t fully on board with that view.
Now Last, the author, is going on to say what disasters will befall America if women don’t pop out two point five kids each – not enough tax payers to support medicare, it becomes difficult to sustain defense (not enough 18 year olds to join the military), and so forth.
Robertson is now asking the author, Last, about declining population in Japan (and later, he asks about Germany).
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The author, Last, says that in a study released a couple of years ago, Japanese youth who were polled and interviewed, youths who were something like ages 15 to 19, said they consider even the idea of sex a disgusting idea.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say I think the idea of sex is “disgusting,” not completely, but Japan sounds a little bit friendlier and more accepting and respectful of celibacy. Maybe I should move to Japan!
Oh no. Author Last just told Robertson that we need to tell the public that families are important and that the public needs to understand that families are important “to the future.”
Oh geeze, no.
No, the public doesn’t need to hear any of that. That’s all the conservative branch of the Christian American church has been obsessing about for 30 to 40 years now.
And the constant sermons by preachers about how awesome and peachy marriage and kids are have not stopped the amount of divorce, prolonged singleness, abortion, fornication, etc.
Robertson just said “Evangelicals, you can out breed those who disagree with you.”
Er, no, Pat, that is not in the Bible. (Not that Pat claimed that it is, but it is a Christian show, so by implication, that seems to be the idea).
Christ says the church is to grow by spreading the Gospel to anyone and everyone.
Populating God’s kingdom via marriage, sex, and child rearing was the province of Old Testament days.
Pat, here’s a memo:
Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection changed how one is “adopted” into the family of God. Maybe faith played a bit of an element in Old Testament days in being accepted by God, but one still had to become Jewish back then, get circumcised (if a male), and practice many religious laws.
Christ changed all that; Christ said if you put your faith in Him, you become his mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter.
Christianity is spread not by Christian couples making babies, but by sending the message of the Gospel to all the unsaved people in the world.
Shame on Pat Robertson for once more promoting the unbiblical view of family that evangelicals so often do.
As an unmarried Christian lady, I’m not supposed to be boinking dudes and producing babies, Pat- that’s what the Bible says about that. Or are you so perturbed by the declining American birth rate that I should start sleeping around now in my unmarried state, so I can pop out a few kids before I hit menopause?
I’m sure there might have been married Christian women watching Robertson on today’s broadcast who long to have a child, yet are infertile. Thanks for making them feel like big losers and failures, too, Pat. I sometimes disagree with Christian infertile ladies (they have husbands yet complain about not having a baby), but I don’t go on television to take pot shots at them, either.
Edit. Later in this same show, when a viewer writes to ask Pat Robertson why he doesn’t wear a wedding ring (Robertson is married), he replies by saying the wearing of a wedding ring is a custom, it’s a tradition. The irony. He recognizes the cultural conditioning on some aspects of life (e.g., wedding rings) but not on others (family, marriage, singlehood, having or not having children).