One reason we have kids, maybe two

July 15, 2010

I have a dear, dear friend with an extremely strong sense of social justice.  She believes (and I completely agree) that as believers we are responsible for fighting for the outcast, the downtrodden, the slaves.  Human trafficking is such a scourge on us as a society, and as believer we must do whatever we can.  We must, must, must, “love mercy, do justly, walk humbly with our God.”  The Lord requires it!  It is the right thing to do.

My friend was wrestling with this issue, to the point of tears, seeking God and seeking to find something, anything that she could do to make a difference.  In the middle of her metagrobolizing, Darth Vadar, AKA Sonny, leaped onto the scene, looking for a fight with light sabers.  Her ruminations on the situation:  “How can anyone not love life with this kid around?  He is contagious, I hope it lasts …”    We can go from fighting poverty, slavery, injustice one minute and on to battling the enemy in a galaxy far, far away the next.  One gives us fuel for the other.  One gives us hope for the hopelessness we see.

I am not saying that the social ills can be ignored forever.  The cry for justice sometimes drowns out the laughter of a moment with our child.  And human suffering is something that will still be there after the last light saber has lost it luminosity.  But as parents we can, we must take the time for joy, the kind which can only come from your own child.  I know.  As much as I love Sonny, those spontaneous moments of laughter and joy almost always happen with your own children, not someone else’s.  I have not been blessed with a son like Sonny, but I know from watching him and others that if parents let it happen, joy will spring from their relationships with their children.  And the joy, happiness and fulfillment that comes from your relationship with your children can be the fuel you need to fight injustice, to battle evil,  to make a difference in the life of someone who only you can help.

In fact, if you regularly laugh with your children, they will listen and learn from you when you go to bat for the oppressed, and you will raise kids who will do the same, maybe better.

So the first reason to have kids is to have joy.  And as if that is not enough, another reason is to raise up a warrior, whose generation may be the one to end slavery; a generation that loves mercy, does justly, and walks humbly with their God.

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