Rachel and I were talking yesterday about how frustrating it is for people to tell us (since we are expecting a baby in less than 6 weeks) how horrible our lives are going to be. Things like “you better sleep now, because you won’t once the baby is born!” and “hope you like not being able to go and doing things with other people.” Some have even suggested that our lives are coming to an end – for about 18 years.
Then I finished Scott Moore’s The Limits of Liberal Deomcracy. The thesis of the book is that liberal democracy (the philosophical sense of “liberal” rather than the political one) does not provide the resources for citizens to become better people. Moore presents a fine study reminding Christians that when Jesus said to “render to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God” he meant that for God’s people, God comes before Caesar. This is true even when Caesar is a democratically elected government such as ours (the US).
What has this to do with children? Moore does an interesting job of juxtaposing the “culture of convenience” that our consumer-democracy has become with the “culture of life” that worshipers of the God of Abraham are called to develop.
Because I don’t want to violate IVP’s rights, I invite you to find a copy of this book and read it. My reference for the present post in page 133.
Children aren’t convenient. You and I weren’t convenient to our parents. Even more to the point, children ought not be convenient. It is precisely in their (our) inconvenience that parents, and communities, and society, become able to grow and experience challenge and depth and joy otherwise unknowable.
Are you willing to be inconvenienced today? How might you become a better person through it?