‘Though the earth give way’


I read in the New York Times some weeks ago that there are increasing numbers of young couples getting married with the intention of not having children.

And their decision is not a selfish one, to spare themselves the enormous task and cost of parenting, but in many cases a sad and joyless one. The reason they give is that they cannot bear to bring children into the world, because they are so afraid of what the earth’s climate is going to be like in the lifetime of any child born today. I don’t think I had that fear when my wife and I rejoiced in God’s gift of four children, forty years ago, but what about our grandchildren? Like that Christian bookseller, we have ‘10 of Those’ and, to be honest, I am indeed fearful for what they may be facing by the middle of this century…

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