Monday, March 3, 2014

A Thought From Jeremiah

Consider this while living as a Catholic in a society that is increasingly enamored with death and sterility:

Thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel, to all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon: [5] Build ye houses, and dwell in them: and plant orchards, and eat the fruit of them. [6] Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters: and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, and let them bear sons and daughters: and be ye multiplied there, and be not few in number.

Jeremiah 29:4-6

It's pretty self-explanatory, yes? Jeremiah is bringing God's message to those carried away in the Babylonian captivity. Even in their exile, God instructs them to have babies. Then make sure that their babies grow up, get married, and have more babies.

We find ourselves exiled in a world that has surpassed Babylon in our desire to insult God. And our solution has been to embrace a neo-pagan outlook and give ourselves over to sin and vice, eschewing what was heretofore known as not only a basic principle of existence, but even a badge of honor. How many times does Scripture speak of children as a blessing and the happiness of those with large families?

In our resounding non serviam, though, we have opted for fruitless couplings and the murder of the unborn accidentally conceived.

It's just weird to see things like this in Scripture and such a blase attitude about it among Catholics and Protestants alike.

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