Ge 22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
Ge 26:4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
Man's stewardship of the earth is seen as dominion over it. The hebrew word for dominion is pronounced radah, raw-daw' ; to tread down, i.e. subjugate; specifically, to crumble off:--(come to, make to) have dominion, prevail against, reign, (bear, make to) rule,(-r, over), take.
The simplest way to ensure dominion over a land is to have overwhelming numbers on the land. We did this in WWI and WWII where the Allies put millions of boots on the ground in the PTO and ETO. And then we left.
In Powerline, Captain Ed refers to a November 26, 2006, Chicago Sun Times column by the inestimable Mark Steyn, where Mark compares the breeding capacity of a recent Palestinian suicide bomber, Fatma An-Najara, a 64 year old grandmother, and Katharine Jefferts Schori, the newest female Bishop of the Episcopal Church. It's like comparing a John Deere to a mule, or more accurately, a fire hydrant to an eye dropper.
The recently splattered grandma (May The Prophet Find The Rest Of Her) had her first child at the age of 12 and then spawned another eight. Her nine children produced forty-one grandchildren. All of those grandchildren look at their grandma as a hero, a martyr because she is now in Paradise bossing around those 72 virgins who were expecting a man. Poor things.
There is one woman in our church who can match her. She is still in her child bearing years and we're looking for number ten.
And now we come to the Episcopal Bishop, who was asked:
"Episcopalians aren't interested in replenishing their ranks by having children?"Her response?
No," agreed Bishop Kate. "It's probably the opposite. We encourage people to pay attention to the stewardship of the earth and not use more than their portion."The Episcopals will lose their portion because in a short while there won't be any of them to take a portion. Just like the Neanderthals. And here's Mark's money quote:
Here's the question for Bishop Kate: If Fatma An-Najar has 41 grandchildren and a responsible "better educated" Episcopalian has one or two, into whose hands are we delivering "the stewardship of the earth"? If your crowd isn't around in any numbers, how much influence can they have in shaping the future?Bingo!
The fertility rate in the Gaza Strip is one of the highest on earth. If you measure the births of the Muslim world against the dearth of Bishop Kate's Episcopalians, you have the perfect snapshot of why there is no "stability": With every passing month, there are more Muslims and fewer Episcopalians, and the Muslims export their manpower to Europe and other depopulating outposts of the West. It's the intersection of demography and Islamism that makes time a luxury we can't afford.Maybe we need more Mexicans and less Episcopalians, eh?