Thursday, November 28, 2019

Fewer American Women are Having Babies

The National Center for Health Statistics has announced that the U.S. fertility rate declined in 2018 for the fourth consecutive year, reaching a record low of 59.1 births for every 1,000 women able to bear children.  Only 59.1 births per 1,000 women?  That is incredibly low!

The total fertility rate in 2018 was 1.73, which is below replacement levels for the general population.

How were things in past years?  Has it changed that much?  The median age for childbearing in the 1970s was 21 for women and 23 for men, but in 2018 the median age was all the way up to 28 for women and 30 for men.

Why should this matter to Christians and why am I posting about it?  Christians should be the most fruitful bunch on the earth, because we should realize that each life is given by God, and we have no right to take those lives away nor prevent them in the first place.  We see many times in God's Word that it is the Lord Who opens and closes the womb.  For more information on this, please see our other posts on birth control.

Why should Christians long for more children from the Lord?  Because we want to raise them up for God's glory and service for Him.  Our light is sadly being diminished because many Christians are taking it into their hands to limit their family size.  We find this nowhere in the Bible.

This is also another reason that Christian young men and women should desire to marry early, rather than pursuing education and careers before marriage.  Young women should be trained by their mothers to be wives, mothers, and homemakers, while young men should be kept away from time-wasters like TV shows and video games, and instead be taught a strong work-ethic and desire to look for a godly young woman to complete him and raise a family with for God's kingdom.

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  1. I think about this often, how our fellow Christian brothers and sisters seem to imitate the world as opposed to renewing their minds and living God's ways. Right, this isn't Eden anymore, and right, it isn't heaven yet, but we are God's and belong to His Kingdom. How much differently then should our lives be from those who surround us in the world!
    Thank you for your encouraging posts!

  2. That's right--we should be following what is in God's Word instead of following what is around us. We are to be separate and different from the world, and if not, then we cease to be salt and light to a dying world.

  3. This actually a tough topic for me, I have one son. When my husband and I never used birth control, as I always wanted more children. We tried for10 years and nothing ever happened then I was told to have a complete hysterectomy. A sad time for me. It still hurts when I hear how many people don't want any children, they just will never know what they are missing out in. My son is a huge joy in my life, even if he is 36.

  4. Oh, bless you, tealady. You were faithful to the Lord in this area. Even if we have open hearts to more children, some times it is in the Lord's will to not give them for whatever reason we will not know until we see Him in Heaven. How wonderful that you do have that one precious son though!


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