Recently I watched a documentary of a young girl born into a large Christian family. The documentary was displayed on BBC 3, a rare thing indeed in secularised Britain today. Below is a short introductory clip from the documentary.
This young lady is a testament to the Lord's grace and a wonderful upbringing from her parents. It really is so very wonderful to see. If it appears "weird" to anyone it's only because godly behaviour and a strong moral character is so far removed from the normal everyday life of most people today. Accusations have been made against the family, particularly towards Deborah. People have said that she is “isolated from everything.” They have also said that the family is selfish for not being more community focused with the gospel.
The Bible says Christians should not love the world or the things of the world. (1 John 2:15) This is because worldly practises are evil. Yet Christians are to go out into the world and be a light. This family does this; it is certainly something they take seriously. The obvious example of this is Deborah, a young thirteen year old girl who is always ready to give an answer for the hope that lies within her. (1 Peter 3:15) She does not just wait for the world to come to her. No, she takes the hope of the gospel out into her community. This is a wonderful family and a family that models well the Christian life.
Something else that needs to be considered is where this family lives. They live on a farm out in the sticks and that's just the way it is. That is the family business. Deborah is restricted from a greater number of friends because of this. Even so it is quite clear that she is a very confident and mature young girl. Even Deborah's younger sister Kirsty, in the first few minutes of the program, displays a strong degree of confidence and maturity for one her age. The program does not display a girl who is opposed to having friends. It does not display a family that is opposed to societal interaction. What it does show is a Christian family that follows Christ. In Roman times Christians were persecuted because they were considered anti-social. The same attitude is in affect today. Christians do not become "reclusive" because they are anti-social; they simply refrain from participating in those things which are ungodly. The Drapper family is not selfish, it follows Christ.
Some have also used words like “religiosity” when referring to the family’s lifestyle. I think what they refer to as "religiosity" the Bible would call a life committed and devoted to following Christ. Deborah's ultimate authority in life is the Word of God. The same should be for every Christian. Jesus said, "If you love Me, you will obey Me." (John 14:15) This means that the Christian should live a holy and godly life. You cannot do many of the worldly things and still live a godly life. There are many things you can do, but there are also many things you will not do because you hate the darkness and love the light. Deborah's life is indeed a life that shows evidence of someone born-again because her life is modelled not after this world, but rather after Christ.
Others have questioned things like the genuineness of a six-year turning to Christ, as well Jesus using “scare tactics” in order to get people to follow Him. I would respond by saying that six is indeed a very young age. However, people mature at different levels. Consider Samuel, a young boy who ministered before the Lord. (1 Sam. 2:18) The gospel is also so simple a child can understand it. Regarding the next objection, consider these verses...
But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him [God] who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!
There were some present at that very time who told him [Jesus] about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
The Christian life is often a lonely life. Often we are called to make big sacrifices. Deborah has not been coerced and forced into following Christ. She expressly said that she made the decision to become a Christian on her own terms, not because her parents forced her to. She was simply taught the truth and Jesus said, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) As for the comment that she seems intent on scarring people, well, hell is scary and if people are indifferent to the terrors of hell then they should be scarred so that they will flee from the wrath that is to come and will turn and run to Christ. You may find the following link to a post on Deborah’s website quite interesting… http://deborahdrapper.com/275/