Originally Posted by ewe+lamb
- I think it's a bit sad really that we can't have an even community, it worries me - no kids around, retirement villages where only over 50s are permitted - it's very unnatural really.
A few years' back I was talking with a friend about the unnaturalness of the church we attended at that time, where there was so much concern that having babies and children in the sanctuary might distract people from hearing God's Word, and could hinder the Holy Spirit.
I said God's Spirit was more powerful than that, and obviously whole families came to hear Jesus preach. And my friend said that we live in such a high-stress culture, that it's harder for people to listen, so sometimes that creates a need for parents to be able to get a break from their kids ...
And I thought it was so backward, and I still think so: If our culture is creating a situation where people need so many child-free zones, then I wish we'd attack the problem and not the children. That said, I realize it's a free country, and as long as significant numbers of people are willing to pay to stay in child-free places, they'll continue to do business.
But just as the child-free folks have a right to express their opinions, I have a right to express mine. And expressing my opinion isn't the same as saying that I don't think anyone should be "allowed" to do things I disagree with. It's just my opinion.