It looks as if I didn't communicate as well as I should have in this morning's post "Should Christians Use Birth Control". I realize that the article came across as anti-birth control, and I intended that to some degree, but I'm actually fairly conflicted over the topic. I was trying to make the case that perhaps we don't realize how negatively the birth control pill has affected our society. I intended to show that I'm wrestling with the issue... I thought the first sentence would make that part clear, but I guess I failed to adequately convey my struggle in the article.
No, I'm not suggesting that we ban birth control pills.
I've even counseled students to use them if they insist on having sex before marriage. But I do that reluctantly, because something about birth control just doesn't seem right to me. We treat birth control pills almost like aspirin in our society! I guess I'm frustrated because it seems like most people see it as no big deal. But any time we manipulate our bodies with drugs, especially our reproductive systems, that's a big deal!
My comments about self-control were referring to people who are having sex outside of marriage.
And I'm not suggesting that sex within marriage should only be for reproductive purposes, but it does seem like we've gone to the other extreme and tried to separate sex from procreation. That's not a good thing either, in my opinion.
Considering some of the alternatives, I suppose it could be argued that the birth control pill has for our society become a necessary "evil". But I don't think it's God's best for us, not by a long shot. I think in a sense it has provided yet another way for us to be our own God. That's what makes me so uncomfortable.