On family economy

We all need to avoid “recreational purchasing.” It makes sense to address that issue.

And debt is a monster. Anyone with a brain should fear it as far as consumer spending is concerned.

Having said that, I don’t think much of the focus on reducing spending to get one’s finances in order makes much sense. To name just one problem, any consistent use of this advice would mean telling couples not to have children. I just don’t see that as compatible with Christian stewardship.

I’d like to see more responsible, non-exploitative, Christian counseling aimed at helping people make a lot more money. I just don’t see any other way to do it.

3 thoughts on “On family economy

  1. Matt

    There is only a difference of degree between “telling Christians not to have children” and the prevalent modern (BH) view of contraception as stewardship.

    The reply when I point this out is always, “No. We think you should be open to at least one child, so we’re not advocating sterility-as-stewardship.”

  2. Daniel Nathan Stoddart

    But that only works if you consider the stuff you need for additional children “recreational purchasing.”

    I always thought that children, even outside of agrarian communities, were held to add value in a general sense, right? So it’s a categorical difference. Even the most practical consumerism can’t do that.


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