Saturday, October 27, 2007

Responsible

I do try to be consistent. The pro-life article I linked earlier, and especially the comments afterward, assumed that responsible people would have used birth control. In case you’re wondering, the birth control I believe in is abstinence outside of marriage, and trusting God inside of marriage.

Responsibility is not some objective standard. I think we should view responsibility as to something or someone. In the instance of abstinence, we are responsible to God to abide by His instructions, trust His providence, embrace His gifts, and thus receive His blessings.

What makes me more angry than the confused, hormonal, and lied-to women who receive abortions are the complacent, indifferent Christians who equally devalue new life by so-called prevention. A good friend did a research paper in college on “the pill,” and was horrified to learn that the medication embraced by self-proclaimed responsible Christian wives is an abortificient. Translation: even in the birth control doses, the pill can cause abortions of not-yet implanted embryos. The should-be parents never know unless they’re under invasive medical screening. All they know is that - “what a relief” - they aren’t pregnant. What shocked my friend even more is that when she informed the Christian population, who had to be ignorant to keep using the pill, surely; she found that the friends had heard of the claim that the pill is an abortificient. To so many Christians who would love to see Roe v. Wade overturned, the facts about their chemical birth control were irrelevant.

I’m a sheltered homeschool Christian girl who doesn’t really need to decide for herself on these issues yet. First I was pro-life. Then I was anti-abortion. Then I was anti-”the pill.” Now I’m anti-birth control. I’m pro-children, would love to have lots of children, and will be serving in the church nursery tomorrow (despite the fact that I don’t believe in Church nurseries).

Be responsible…

to God.

To God be all glory.

6 comments:

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

Fantastic.

One of your best posts ever. I mean that.

Spencer

kschaub said...

Lisa, first this is a good post . . . One of my friends is currently blogging about Rudi Giuliani's 'shades of gray' on the issue. From what I understand, most birth 'control' pills are abortificients, and at least to some extent, those that aren't, do stop something that would naturally happen. I'm so glad that you and many other young women are thinking these things through. When I am married, birth control will be something that we will have to seriously deal with . . . and if none of the options rightly convince us that they are not actually abortificients, we'll just trust that God will give us a baby when he wishes, just like he does. :)

Thanks also for dropping by my blog. You're comment was helpful, and I thought I would clarify my intention . . . 1) I don't intend to say anything that would lessen Christ's concern for those he had come to save, especially the sinner on the cross next to him. 2) My focus was primarily on the dependent 'thought of me' connected to 'above all', because I think that incorrectly places us above the will of the Father. In other words, it is because of the loving will of the Father and his passion for his glory that Christ thought of us while on the cross (just like you mentioned).

So, I was hoping to correct something that seems to often be forgotten in worship. I cannot really say that I understand exactly what Baloche meant when he wrote those words, but I do think that they are largely thought of in a wrong way, at least to some extent. And more, it is a beautiful song . . . and like many, we sing them without thinking about what we are singing and whether it is theologically responsible.

Thanks so much for dropping by! Hope to see you around again . . . :)

Lisa of Longbourn said...

I read the article about "Shades of Gray" and totally agree. I'm not buying Giuliani's position. My post on Planned Parenthood was partly aimed at the belief that a president's view on abortion doesn't matter as long as he appoints constitutionally-sound judges. I'm not buying it. $300 to Planned Parenthood is not a judicial issue (although it's unconsitituional, so it could be).

God definitely does give babies when He wants. I have friends who were on the pill and it didn't work (well, they got pregnant anyway). That's exciting. I love babies. = )

kschaub,
Thanks for commenting. Bloggers understand the value of feedback, right?

Good for you, being consistently pro-life with no shades of gray involved.
To God be all glory,
Lisa A. Cress

kschaub said...

okay, here you go . . .

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http://www.wtsbooks.com
https://store.ligonier.org/
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Of course, if you find something at one of these, look around at the others and see if they've got a sale going on the book . . . or even look for the same book at Amazon or cbd.com.

Hope that helps!

You're a fantastic blogger . . . 'cause you both write and read others' stuff! Anyway, so glad you're wrestling with abortion. Too many people think it's not a big deal in this election . . . of course, they're all already born.

LaLa said...

(edited by Lisa of Longbourn to try to keep her blog from being blocked by conservative parents: less explicit than original):

To clarify to both Lisa and Kevin:

I am the friend about whom Lisa spoke who did the in-depth research on the pill. Know this: ALL forms of chemical birth control have similar effects, and ALL forms of chemical birth control are--to my knowledge--abortifacient. This includes not only all versions of the birth control pill, but also IUDs and any birth control implanted or injected into the woman's body. This does not include condoms or diaphragms (neither of which are abortifacient but are both instead purely preventive), and last time I checked, the current belief is that this also does not include male birth control, since it has no effect on the womb, thus does not kill an embryo.

Another not-very-well-known fact is that the "morning after pill" is absolutely nothing more than a higher dose of the traditional birth control pill. A woman could achieve an identical result if she took multiple pills (I'm not sure how many regular pills it would take) in one day, which, by the way, could be hazardous to her own health since she's only supposed to take one of the regular pills per day. Knowing that, I don't know how the morning after pill is legal when it's simply a way to O.D. on the regular pill.

(note from Lisa of Longbourn: we are both obviously not recommending that you self-medicate by overdosing yourself on the pill!)

I just wanted to clarify, and I hope that helps.

Passionately (as in, angrily, with regards to our ignorant culture on the topic),

Lindsey A.

Lisa of Longbourn said...

I just read an article on the birth control culture among evangelicals, how it is based on assumptions that are contrary to Scripture. Anyway, read it; read the verses, and tell me what you think. http://lawngospel.wordpress.com/2007/11/13/the-five-points-of-birth-control-ism-and-why-theyre-a-hard-pill-to-swallow/

To God be all glory,
Lisa of Longbourn