I just read a news article about an Instagram live video session a well known politician had over the weekend. During this live session, the politician had this to say, “with the climate issues we have and student loan debt, young people, I believe should ask the question, should we have children?” The politician said that we have a moral obligation to ask this question. I always find it interesting when people start talking about moral obligations, especially when those people have a shifting set of morals. It always leads me to want to ask, Who or what is the moral standard that you are leaning on to decide what is a moral obligation and what isn’t? In order to to have a moral obligation, you must have a set of morals by which you operate from. Who establishes those morals? Enough about that, because that isn’t the part that really concerned me. The part that concerned me is the implication that this politician made. The implication is because of “climate change” and student loan debt, maybe we shouldn’t be having children. There are two reasons this bothers me.
The first reason is this reveals precisely what the apostle Paul wrote about in Romans 1. In Romans 1, Paul talks about how people love the creature/creation more than the Creator. The politician is clearly blaming what we are seeing with weather patterns and disasters on humans. This is 100% our fault, therefore, according to the politician the only answer is to not have children. If we don’t have children, then we won’t be adding to the problem, and then we can supposedly reverse the climate effects. You can argue all you want, but this is the crux of the politician’s argument; the planet is more important than people. This line of thinking is precisely what the apostle Paul was speaking of in Romans 1. In that same passage, Paul writes, “professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” When we profess to know better what is needed for God’s creation than God does, we show ourselves to be foolish. As another place in the Scriptures says, “the clay does not tell the Potter what to make of it. It is the Potter who decides what to do with the clay.”
The second, and in my opinion, the greater issue with this politician’s line of thinking is this, it ignores a clear command from God. In Genesis 1 it says, “God blessed them (Adam and Eve) and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Within the confines of marriage, God calls us to have children. God said to “replenish the earth”, not limit the people on it. In that same verse we see that God made us stewards of His creation. We are to subdue it and rule over it. However, we aren’t to do this in any way that we like. We are to do it in a way that glorifies Him, and reveals His loving care for His creation. If we follow this particular politician’s line of thinking, we will be ignoring our real moral obligation which is obedience to God, and that will have far longer, far worse effects on mankind than any supposed climate change ever would.