Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Gift of Procreation vs. Pleasure-Only Marriages

I've agreed wholeheartedly in the past with many of Albert Mohler's articles as he echoes truth that seemingly not a lot of ministers in our nation will stand up and say.  Today he shared a wonderful article on the question, "Can Christians Use Birth Control?"  I wanted to share it with you all to read, and also share some quotes that I found particularly worthy of pointing out.

First, we must start with a rejection of the contraceptive mentality that sees pregnancy and children as impositions to be avoided rather than as gifts to be received, loved, and nurtured. This contraceptive mentality is an insidious attack upon God’s glory in creation, and the Creator’s gift of procreation to the married couple. 
To demand sexual pleasure without openness to children is to violate a sacred trust. 
In reality, the Pill allowed a near-total abandonment of Christian sexual morality in the larger culture. Once the sex act was severed from the likelihood of childbearing, the traditional structure of sexual morality collapsed. 
Christian couples are not ordered by Scripture to maximize the largest number of children that could be conceived. 
Christians may make careful and discriminating use of proper technologies, but must never buy into the contraceptive mentality. We can never see children as problems to be avoided, but always as gifts to be welcomed and received.

I agree on the one part that we are not mandated to just keep popping out children with no care to our health, our husbands or financial means.  However, using the pill or IUD or other devices that are capable of abortion, is murder, there are other safe non-abortificients that do not have a chance to kill a baby.

Too many Americans and especially Christians, are centered on child-avoidance and would rather have wealth, fame and their own selfish careers over one of the greatest gifts to man - children.  I know some that have this mentality and they are generally self-centered women whose money, time and energy is spent on themselves, either in buying material goods or pursuing their every whim each day.  That is a sad life to live and one that will cleave to them in remembrance when they are old and filled with regret.  Then, I also know women who were like this and came to the realization of their error, but at a time too late in their life and they do live with sadness.  Women who can't conceive are not exempted from this because there are millions of children in this country and many other countries that are waiting for that couple to love them and adopt them as their own.

What I want you to take from these thoughts are this - Where has this sex-centered, child-avoidance-filled society gotten America?  Are we better because of the pill and the sexual revolution?  Are we a better civilization because of the "freedom" to have sex without procreation?  Are marriages better?  Do they last when sex is all there is?  What we do have is a society filled with sex-crazed, lust-filled men and women who, even when they have a family, don't have time for them.  It has created a self-centered society, a civilization built on pleasure-only that is doomed to fall.  

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Linda said...

Hi, Bev. Thanks for the post. Coming from a background where having children was looked at as an inconvenience within the church itself because though not openly discussed,it hindered parents from being active in church activities,etc.. I truly can say it is a lack of submission to God and a lack of faith that God knows best. Sometimes we are steered in all kinds of directions without really taking a close look at what God desires of us. It is a shame that the church looks at family this way. Not all do, but a majority have. Perhaps they are not as evangelical as they say they are since children cannot generate the monies that adults can. This sounds very critical but if looked in the light of what is going on within the church it is truth. Jesus did not look at children and large families in this way. We know this because scripture admonishes us to bear children, multiply, be fruitful..considers us blessed to have a quiver full, and generally propagates the gospel thru Godly living that is passed on thru a Christian offspring that is sharpened like arrows by the upbringing and nourishment that we are directed to provide to our children. All this said, not only would a couple be blessed by them but so is their marriage and relationship.
Will it be trying? Yes, but so is anything worth having.

Anonymous said...

Well said Linda! Thanks for sharing! :)

I know some that think children are inconveniences to the ministry but then there are those that have several children and still do just as much for God, if not more because the children are able to help in the ministry. I can't tell you how many times Katie has improved our efforts when we go door to door - people are more receptive and then she got one family to come because their daughter kept saying "I want to see Katie." I know if we ever are called to serve in the ministry one day, she will be a great help with watching children, singing and being an example of a daughter. A lot of people overlook these attributes and just see them as bothers and that is where they cripple their "arrows" if you will.

I'm not sure what my quiverfull will be, it looks as though this pregnancy may be my last physically but if one or two or 9 - they are all a blessing and helps in the commission to reach the world for Christ!

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