I don't know...I mean, I expect those kind of attitudes from a society that looks to self-fulfilment as it's ultimate pleasure, but not from the church, you know?
I don't think everyone should have babies, period, but I do think that we, as Christians, should seek our Yahweh and ask Him for His heart in these matters.
We bring in a lot of baggage, is what I guess I'm trying to say...I know I brought in my fair share, into my adult life. Hard to know what's just lies I've accepted and what's true, in that sense, until I go to Jesus and ask Him to help me sort it all out.
In my case, I knew I was supposed to have babies. And I did. Five in six years, as a matter of fact (ecological breastfeeding didn't work for me, can you tell? lol)...
I love them more than I can tell you. It's the hardest thing and the most wonderful beautiful thing I've ever set out to do. And through this, I have learned more about God than in any other way, including my years in Bible College and serving in various ministries and missions.
I would have NEVER chosen motherhood had I known what kind of demands it would make on me. But...I am so glad I didn't know. Because I would NEVER take back that choice to become a mother.
I think that we, as women, need to get our strength for mothering from the God who designed our very bodies to mother. He delights in motherhood--it was His idea! :) It is a thing to seek joy in, to look for Him in, to see as a high and holy calling.
I am not fond of those who claim we can have it all, OR of those who spit on motherhood, OR those who say every woman needs to have ten babies. All of them are missing the mark.
But I think we can miss the mark, too, when we fail to see the grand beauty of the womb, of nurturing and bearing life, of pushing it out into arms of love, of sustaining it with warm milk from our own body, of living the adventure of walking through life together.
The times that I have been the most *down* as a mother are those times when I fail to see the holiness of it all, when I have thought that preaching a sermon was what constituted spiritual, as opposed to potty-training "the least of these."
As women, we need to support those who do not have children, yes, but we also need to be an encouraging embrace to those who do, reminding them of the oft-hidden (to human eyes) greatness of being His minister to little hands and hearts.