As many angles as I’ve come at this subject before, I thought of yet another one…
A confused commenter scolded me on this fertility post about “making laws” regarding being fruitful and multiplying. (I deleted the comment for a number of reasons.) Which confuses me, because I’m not the one that said to “be fruitful”, and I’m not the one that created the fruitful womb, and frankly, I said nothing about “law”; I simply implied that the womb was PART of God’s plan of evangelism (more mouths to share the gospel…)
Anyway, that train of thought got me thinking, yet again, why those who do not use birth control are considered such freaks, even among Christians! (The commenter told me I was not trusting in God, but myself, by having the children God gave me??? I can’t even fathom that reasoning.)
This post is not about what the Bible says about fertility, as I’ve talked about that many times. It’s not about whether people should or shouldn’t use birth control, or anything about birth control being bad.
It’s about a bizarre twist of thinking I want you to consider.
Recently, our culture has seen a major “green” shift toward all things natural. Every product you pick up is vying for your tendency toward what is natural. The environmentalist groups are picketing for us to leave the earth as it is naturally.
Don’t cut the trees.
Leave the animals alone.
It’s even showing up in the latest trends in landscaping–natural is better.
There’s a move toward natural childbirth, natural skin products, natural (organic) gardening–the buzz word is “LEAVE IT AS IT IS”.
Except in the area of reproduction…
And ironically, that shift is in the opposite direction, with new drugs that will inhibit a menstrual cycle indefinitely (how unnatural is that?).
And despite all the scientific evidence of the benefits of “going natural” in this area (more pregnancies, less cancer…more periods, greater risk of cancer…) we not only ignore that research, we absolutely ostracize those who are “going natural” with their reproduction, giving no credit to their desire for healthier reproduction choices. (I can speak of this, I know…I live it.)
It’s the same question I’ve asked for a long time…use birth control if you wish. But shouldn’t “natural be the norm” by default? If we artificially altered any other part of the normally functioning body we’d be thought insane.
But with just this one area, I’m considered crazy if I don’t do something that is unnatural and possibly harmful to my body to stop its normal function. (And even NFP is quite unnatural if you think about the interference of intimacy…”sorry honey, wrong day.”)
Again, this is NOT a debate on why or why not use birth control (I know about all the reasons some people give for using it.) Nor is it meant to make BC users feel bad.
It’s about what should be considered normal as a starting point, by our very design. At the very least, if we were thinking clearly on this one, those using birth control should receive the questions…”is there a reason you ‘got broken’ ?”
Do you see my point?