I’m pregnant with my fourth baby right now. Any mom who’s bore that many children—and even some with just two or three—knows what it's like to share the news of another pregnancy. People are quick to make comments like:
"Are you pregnant again? How many is that now?
"Another baby? Oh no!"
"You're having another boy? I am so sorry!"
"Do you know how that happens? Oh, honey. I need to take you out to coffee and we need to have a little chat..."
Whenever I hear these responses, I cringe inside, but smile and reply:
"Yes, I am! Four!"
"No, we're happy...really!"
"I'm excited to have another boy...yes, really!"
(And yes, we know how it happens. We like it a lot).
Moms shouldn’t have to try to convince people they’re happy to have another baby. (Nor should dads, who also hear snide remarks as they have more kids. CT blogger Peter Chin wrote that he started getting Duggar jokes after having just four kids.)
But in a country where more women are delaying childbirth and having fewer children, “big” families are bound to face pushback. Parents are told that it’s not financially responsible. Or that it’s bad for the planet. Sites like The Federalist have called out feminists and leftists for judging moms, but the comments I heard all came from faithful, Christian women.
One of the foundational elements of a Christian worldview declares that humans are made in the image of God. And because of this truth, all life is precious, worth saving, worth dying for, worth celebrating. Sadly, our society, even members of the church—even I—can forget that. I've rolled ...1
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