The Cat’s In the Cradle, or, Why Do People Hate Children So Much?

The simple answer is that we are selfish. Kids equal money and that means we have to buy school clothes for them, and toys, and food, and cars, and college and it means that we can’t spend the money on ourselves for our third car, second home, clothes, flat-screens, etc, etc.

That’s why the world hates children. People would rather spend their time and their money on themselves. Unfortunately, this is rampant in the church today too. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people speak so negatively of their children. You would think that their children were a cancer, a burden, something to be thrown off as they wait for the day when they finally move out so the 2 selfish parents {if you can call them that} can spend more time with one another. Trust me, these people never would have survived in the Old Testament days nor in any society where you are dependent on the ground to provide food for you and not the grocery store. Their tune would change if they found themselves in a third world country where family is valued.

Harry Chapin has something to say to you. See the video below and listen to the words.

I’m ranting today because I read this report- “Harvard Professor: Children Can Send Marriage Into Downward Spiral.”

And I read this by Pat Buchanan- “The Way Our World Ends.”

People in the West don’t want babies anymore…too much responsibility.

But the East is affected just as well, as pointed out by Al Mohler- “The Land of Disappearing Children” — Japan’s Population Crisis”

See also this article- “Why the Baby Bust?”

or- “Is God Dead in Europe? A Vision of the Future, Coming Fast”

or- “More Abortions Than Births in Russia”

I’m not saying you have to have 80 kids. Maybe all you have is one or none or two or twelve. But if you think of your children as a burden and they are interfering with “your life”- well, i feel sorry for you. And sorry about the rant…

Watch this video as I anticipate our 4th child entering the world any day now…

May you be scared to death by these words.

My child arrived just the other day
He came to the world in the usual way
But there were planes to catch and bills to pay
He learned to walk while I was away
And he was talkin’ ‘fore I knew it, and as he grew
He’d say “I’m gonna be like you dad
You know I’m gonna be like you”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home dad?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son
You know we’ll have a good time then

My son turned ten just the other day
He said, “Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let’s play
Can you teach me to throw”, I said “Not today
I got a lot to do”, he said, “That’s ok”
And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
And said, “I’m gonna be like him, yeah
You know I’m gonna be like him”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home son?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son
You know we’ll have a good time then

Well, he came home from college just the other day
So much like a man I just had to say
“Son, I’m proud of you, can you sit for a while?”
He shook his head and said with a smile
“What I’d really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys
See you later, can I have them please?”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home son?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son
You know we’ll have a good time then

I’ve long since retired, my son’s moved away
I called him up just the other day
I said, “I’d like to see you if you don’t mind”
He said, “I’d love to, Dad, if I can find the time
You see my new job’s a hassle and kids have the flu
But it’s sure nice talking to you, Dad
It’s been sure nice talking to you”

And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me
He’d grown up just like me
My boy was just like me

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home son?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son
You know we’ll have a good time then

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2 comments

  1. This post reminds me of a book we’re going through in a small group, entitled, “Sacred Parenting,” by Gary Thomas.
    You probably know of it.

    The gist of the book is not “how to,” but “how children are given to parents for the parents’ sanctification. Just discussed a pivotal chapter on how difficult children are a gift from God to teach us perseverance.

    I highly recommend this one-of-a-kind book.

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