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.