Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cream Puff Culture

By Amanda Read

“One reason why sin flourishes is that it is treated like a cream puff instead of a rattlesnake.”

– Billy Sunday

I recall reading that quote in one of my Christian Daily Planner journals when I was about ten years old. It didn’t strike me as being a very profound quote at the time, but it remained vivid in my mind. Then one day I fully comprehended the point – people treat sin like a cream puff by telling themselves, “Just a little taste of it here and there won’t hurt anybody,” when they should be avoiding it like a deadly, venomous snake. Perhaps out of fear of working too hard to be pure and righteous – as many fantasize our old-fashioned ancestors to have done – our nation at the relatively youthful age of 233 is a land of cream puffs that don’t see the serpent coming.

“We’ll overtake you soon because we have more children than you,” a Muslim doctor once told my great-uncle. I’m sure we’ve all heard some variation of the fact before: the average Muslim family has 8.1 children, while the American birth rate barely reaches the bare minimum for a culture to survive beyond 25 years – 2.11 children – and that is counting the influx of Latino immigration. Discounting the immigrants, the fertility rate of American citizens is a scanty 1.6. This means that there is a good chance the United States of America could become an Islamic-dominated nation (along with European nations) within 50 years unless something changes soon (1).

“A people whom you do not know shall eat up the produce of your ground and all your labors, and you will never be anything but oppressed and crushed continually; but there will be nothing you can do…the LORD will bring you and your king, whom you have set over you, to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known…the alien who is among you shall rise above you higher and higher, but you will go down lower and lower. He shall lend to you but you will not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you will be the tail.” – Deuteronomy 28:32-44

That is the warning against disobedience (I find it interesting that this Scripture actually makes reference to an elected leader – one that the people set over themselves). I don’t think all hope is lost for America (after all, the nation of Israel went off on more than one rebellious tangent), but we should take warnings seriously and transform the cultural attitudes.

There is a lot that can be said on this subject, but I have to begin by speaking for every American family that has more than 1.6 children and isn’t ashamed of it, yet has been politely tolerating the cultural aspersions targeted at them. Who are the crazy idiots now? Birth control, not large families, is the stupid idea. As we were on the subject of abortion recently, I don’t think there are any particularly pleasant ways to handle this topic. The major reason why abortion is tolerated (and promoted) is that our contemporary Western culture shuns children.


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