*Warning: 2,000 word post!*
I’ve had a couple posts where I gave a general defense of singles and those married without children in the church and Christian subculture – particularly within evangelicalism. Why a defense? Because these groups can be marginalized, maligned, and misunderstood – sometimes overtly/purposefully and other times inadvertently. In this post, I want to delve more into Scripture – specifically marriage and children.
A few examples of what I am addressing… Some interpret “be fruitful and multiply” in Genesis as a command to be obeyed by all, even today. The primary and essential purpose of marriage is procreation and the raising of children. Companionship is secondary. A marriage without children is inconceivable (no pun intended!). Infertility is seen as an exception, of course, but perceived as a problem to be solved through medical intervention or adoption.
Married couples without kids (by choice) can be characterized as having…
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