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Why the Birth Control Discussion Matters

By August 18, 20094 Comments

Pregnant woman Well I am back from my honeymoon and it was awesome! I had a wonderful time with my new husband, and special thanks to David Goodman for posting his thoughts on science, theology, and birth control.

Without trying to beat a dead horse, I want to close out this discussion today with a few final thoughts. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the science involved in the debate, I hope this was helpful. The reason I asked David to post his own perspectives is that a) I am completely incompetent in all things science, and b) I frequently hear Christians excuse some methods of birth control on scientific grounds. For instance, countless fetuses fail to survive on their own, so is there really that much of a difference whether a fetus fails to survive due to nature or birth control?

It is at this point in our discussion that I become wary of how greatly we are letting science determine our theology. While science can tell us things about the world, the purpose of science is not to explain the why behind it. While we should indeed give ear to the scientific community, we must not give authority to science that it does not possess.

That said, even if many fetuses fail to survive, that is God’s call to make, not ours. In no other arena do we allow ourselves the freedom to take another person’s life simply on the grounds that they might die anyway, so it is strange that we hedge on this one.

But with all the science aside, I have one final word to all my female readers out there:

Ladies, God has created a world in which our bodies are Ground Zero for the beginning of life. The creation of a new person, a divine image bearer for which God has a purpose and a plan–it all begins inside of us. This is a gift, but it is also a responsibility. We owe it to God and ourselves to study and learn as much as we can about how God created us, for what purpose, and how best we can be stewards of it. This does NOT mean we all have to churn out babies, but it does mean we must never be casual about it. Never. The creation of a new life that bears the image of God is a serious, beautiful thing, and I hope that these last few posts have challenged you to consider how you understand your body within God’s greater story for the world.

Your body is beautiful and wonderfully made. God has a special plan for you, and for many of you that involves children. But no matter the plan, I pray we will be a generation of women who seek to honor God in ALL that we do, offering a prophetic voice of hope and clarity in a world that consistently devalues human dignity, treating people more and more like things to be used than reflections of their gracious Maker. We must be defenders of the glory of God in one another, and that begins with defending the glory of God in ourselves.


  • J Pappa says:

    Hey Sharon!

    Just wanted to let you know I’m still reading this and learning a lot and thinking a lot because of it! Thanks so much for keeping up with this so regularly and giving me something to look forward to reading when I get online! Also, just wanted to say congrats on getting married and I wish you and Ike the very best!!!!



  • Sharon says:

    Thanks Jenn! we miss you and love you!!!!!!!

  • Emily says:

    Today I went through and read all of the posts on this subject I have missed. It was very overwhelming at first. As a scientist in training and a newlywed all of this information applies directly to my life. My first instinct is to be defensive but I can honestly say I did not follow my first instinct. It is good to continue this discussion and get people thinking. I am thinking about it and will probably re-read this stuff again soon. I feel like this is a difficult issue because everyone uses their best reasoning skills to come up with a conviction and it takes a lot of work to actually feel comfortable to change what you think and know in your “gut” to be true. And it is a little discouraging that it is so difficult to figure out what is right and wrong in the birth control situation.

  • Jessica says:

    Sharon, thank you for posting so openly about this topic! As a scientist and nearly newlywed myself, this has finally come up in conversation in my relationship. I think it is so important to speak clearly and earnestly about these sometimes uncomfortable topics (as a woman who desperately wants children, I’m ashamed of my thoughts and feelings that now would be the “wrong time”). Hopefully, the more we talk about it, the more we can all come together as a body to discern and honor God’s will.

    Any new thoughts on the subject, looking back?

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