Raising Arrow Children by Douglas Wilson

I’m on a Douglas Wilson kick right now, which means I’m reading a bunch of his stuff in succession. I’m currently reading “Future Men”. Wilson has an unusual way of looking at things (e.g. he’s a post-millennialist), and his observations are unique. But I like that. His book on raising boys to men, “Future Men”, is different than any other fatherhood book I’ve read before. It’s very biblical. It does not depend on pop-culture or psychology. It’s a very deep and thorough look at raising young men.

Here is an article recently written by him…

There is no getting around it—little kids are cute. Some are cuter than others (depending, of course, on whether or not they are one’s own direct lineal descendants). The problem comes when we take this undeniable reality, and project it onto some of the statements Scripture gives us about the blessing of children. As a result, we wind up hanging on to a blessing, but perhaps the wrong one.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate (Psalm 127:3–5).

Notice what the psalmist says here: Children are a heritage, a reward. But then the first metaphor is jarring, and perhaps not what we were expecting. Instead of saying that they are like a row of stuffed bunnies in a well-decorated crib, he says that children from the Lord are like a fistful of arrows. Children are arrows for the fist, and even more arrows for the quiver. For what occasion? Target practice? Costume parties?

In the ancient world, the city gates were not only where defenders of a city would face invaders, but they were also what we would call the public square. Blessed was the man who had sons who stand with him in a crucial showdown at the city council. They were shoulder to shoulder behind him, and not over on the other side. Neither were they all at home playing video games or out back smoking in the alley.

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