Monday, June 30, 2014

on that supreme court ruling...

I really think it's time we need to wake up as Christians and refocus our priorities in places that Jesus was most passionate about.

Today the Supreme Court ruled that certain for-profit companies are not required to pay for specific types of contraceptives for their employees.

I'm not going to get into the specifics of the law. I am no expert in the law and don't pretend to be. I'm more bothered that this court case made it all the way to the top.

Interestingly enough, corporations like Hobby Lobby are not opposed to hormonal birth control pill coverage. They are more concerned about birth control that covers emergency contraception. I'm going to lay this out on the table right now: I am pro-life. But I think pro-choice is a lot more complicated than us pro-lifers are willing to consider. You know what I'm referring to: specific cases such as rape or where the mother's life is in jeopardy if she continues with a pregnancy. In this specific case, the latter isn't as much of an issue since the emergency contraceptives in question would not likely do anything once it becomes obvious that the mother's health is in jeopardy.

Do I think options such as Plan B are often abused? Absolutely. Do I think that means we should just assume that all women who take the morning after pill are reckless and made a stupid decision? Absolutely not. The reality is, nowhere in the Bible does it specifically say life begins at conception. Many pro-choicers point to Genesis 2:7 where it actually says that Adam's life began when God breathed life into his nostrils. I'm not going to get into the verses where the Bible discusses knowing a baby in the womb (Isaiah 49 comes to mind) because I think a lot of this is still somewhat open to interpretation. My opinions are confounded by my own struggles making sense of my miscarriage. My point is, while I understand the motivation behind being pro-life--that every baby deserves a chance at life and that, as humans, we toe a delicate line when we start thinking it's right to take someone else's life--there's no way to know for sure that we're right.

I'd like to believe that if I was raped I would be willing to bear a child who could come from that rape and raise it to know God's love and that it could possibly be a beacon of light to this world.

But I've never been raped. I can't say for sure what I would do. I can't say whether I'd be able to look at and love a child that bore the face of the man who violated my most intimate being. I can't say how I'd react during the minutes, hours, and days of pure crisis I would certainly face. And the absolute last thing I would need during that time is the fear of how I would pay for emergency contraceptives and/or the general condemnation of the Christian community at large should I take that path. That's not the grace and love of Jesus.

At the end of the day, God gave us a choice. We could choose to love Him. We could choose to reject Him. We could choose to sin against Him or to strive to be like Him. Our bodies are temples. God gave us moral codes to abide by. But God gave us a choice. Forcing someone to make what you consider to be the 'right' choice does not advance the kingdom of God. It does not change that person's heart. Actually, it might have the opposite effect and push that person further from God. If you genuinely believe that life begins at conception and that God is omnipotent, then why are you putting Him in a box? Do you not believe our God, the Supreme Miracle Worker, could prevent emergency contraception from being effective if that life was part of His will? This is an absolutely broken world. We make choices every day that we will live with for the rest of our lives (and, if you believe in the God I do, entering eternity), but that's just it--our choices. Our God-given ability to choose. I don't have all the answers. I just have a plea to my brothers and sisters in Christ: be less quick to judge. Stop being so foolish in thinking you know every single thing that God intended when He dictated the Bible. There is context and culture and so many other factors that have been lost in translation-especially for those of us who have not studied the Word on an academic level. Let's follow God's greatest example and love our neighbor unconditionally. We don't know it all and we never will. It's time we stop pretending.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you!!! I love your ability to write about such "hot-button" topics without emotion, you tell it like you see it! I have similar opinions to you but can never put it words like you have/do.