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John Piper’s Take on Birth Control

Before I talk about the video I want to thank T.J., a regular reader of this blog, for bringing this topic up in previous posts.

There are a few of things that I really enjoyed about this video.

First, Piper is extremely transparent and real. So, often we see “famous” preachers and they are larger than life. Some come off as arrogant and untouchable, but Piper is not like that here. He mentions that he and his wife used contraception early in their marriage and that is not something people typically talk about, especially pastors.

Second, I really enjoy the way he approaches the abortion issue. Obviously, this video is not specifically about abortion but some birth control drugs, like “the morning after” pill, do not prevent the fertilization. They eliminate the fertilized egg. His line at about the 56 second mark resonated with me the most. This is what he said:

I think a child should be given the benefit of the doubt as to whether he exists or not. 

That statement is powerful! It does not pretend to be scientific or decisive, but it is wise, reasonable, and logical. I think whether we are examining the issues of birth control or abortion that statement should stay in the forefront of our minds.

Lastly, I really like how Piper describes the amount of children we have as a “legitimate Kingdom decision”. What I liked about this is that he uses the principles that Paul used for singleness and applies it to child bearing. The Bible says that marriage is God-ordained and God created but Paul said that he wished everyone would be single. Paul is not contradicting Scripture but he is announcing that some people may need to remain single to do the work of Christ. Piper uses that same logic for this issue.

God says that having children is a blessing but we may need to limit the amount of offspring so that we can do ministry and serve God. That is what Piper would call a “Kingdom” or “redemption” issue. Sometimes, it is probably more wise to serve the Lord with the 3 children you have instead of worrying about trying to make ends meet so you can raise your 10 children. That is why Piper calls this a “Kingdom” issue. Limiting the amount of children we have, just like Paul’s wish that others would be single, can help us reach more people for God’s Kingdom.

Thanks for reading.

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The Inconsistent Pro-Choice Position

An article posted on the Star Tribune website was brought to my attention the other day. It was a story about a man who horrifically attempted to kill his unborn child while beating up his ex-girlfriend. Here are a few excerpts from the article:

Kenneth L. Turner, 28, assaulted his ex-girlfriend at a home for three hours, at one point ordering her to lie on her back and stomping on her stomach with both feet, the charge said. He told her she didn’t deserve the baby and that he was going to kill it, the complaint said.

The woman is two months pregnant. It’s unclear whether her embryo suffered any permanent injuries.

Turner was charged with felony first-degree attempted murder of an unborn child and felony domestic assault. He has previous domestic assault convictions and two other violent felony convictions.

I think any rational person would agree that what this 28-year-old man did was horrendous and disgusting. I completely agree with the charges and he should be put in prison for a long time regardless of the damage done to the unborn baby. I do have an important question though…Why is this considered attempted murder but abortion isn’t?

8 Weeks Old

This story, and similar ones, highlight the glaring flaw in the pro-choice position on abortion. They cannot answer this question honestly. If one says that what this guy did was wrong, yet holds to a pro-choice position they need to explain why this unborn has more worth than an another? Is the unborn’s worth determined on whether the mother wants him/her? If that is the case then how can we ever have any moral standards? Truthfully, the pro-choice position doesn’t have a moral standard.

When we forsake a moral standard we become inconsistent. On one hand the pro-choice advocate must reject Turner’s actions while on the other hand they accept the mother’s choice to terminate a pregnancy. When they hold that position they are taking away an unborn’s worth and placing his/her worth in the hands of his/her mother. This is a recipe for moral chaos.

With this in mind, on what grounds could the pro-choice advocate agree with the words of Tony Palumbo (County Attorney)?

This type of criminal behavior is shocking and will be dealt with severely if these allegations are proven.

Wasn’t the 1st degree attempted murder charge part of the “criminal behavior” that Palumbo was so disturbed by? To the pro-choice advocate I ask…

Why should you be disgusted with what Turner did?

Thanks for reading.

Mommy and Daddy Love You…Unless You have Down Syndrome

The other day I “re-blogged” a post about the “wrongful birth lawsuit” in Oregon. Well, the lawsuit is over and the parents won. Not only did they win but they were awarded a lot of money. Nydailynews.com wrote this about it:

A Portland, Ore. couple was awarded $2.9 million on Friday for the care of their Down syndrome baby, who they argue would not have been born if doctors had not been “negligent” in their pre-natal care.

All of us can sympathize with any family that has a child with a developmental disability (DD). Having a child with DD is certainly not easy. It takes a lot of time and money to raise a ‘normal’ child, much more, a child with DD. I work with clients that have many different types of disabilities and many parents are still torn up about their child being mentally challenged. However, what I have found is that every parent loves their child and would do anything for them. I have never met a parent that regrets bringing their child into the world. But the parents in this lawsuit obviously do.

Their whole case is that if they knew that their baby would have Down syndrome they would have aborted her. Now I think we can all see that the Levy’s are not only looking out for their, now four-year old, girl. They looked for a huge pay-day and got it. But beyond that what message does this send to their child? Doesn’t this show that, in their eyes, their young girl doesn’t have the same worth as you or I?

At the end of the case this really boils down to the value of human life. Do we, as humans, have value? The obvious answer is yes. However, these types of cases only show us the depraved mindset of human beings. We are quick to give ourselves value but when it comes to a baby that has Down syndrome he/she doesn’t have the same value as you or I. The United States is sprinting down the same path that Europe has carved out. It is a path of destruction and a path that devalues human life. The Christian Post spoke with Dr. Jeff Myers and this is what he had to say about this case:

For Myers, this is a big ethical issue, and one Christians need to get better at defending. ‘If I don’t communicate [that a person is a human],’ Myers said, ‘then I am ceding the right to make an argument about whether or not children should have value after birth.’

I couldn’t agree more with Dr. Myers statements. This case isn’t about the “wrongful birth” of a baby with Down syndrome. This case is about the value of human life. Children, no matter who they are, have worth because they are created in the image of God. When we, as Christians, fail to see the intrinsic worth of people we fail to see humans for what they are…creatures made with God’s image stamped on them. No matter what disability someone has they are still made in God’s image. In Israel god took the matter of life very seriously as we see in Geneis 9:6:

Whoever sheds human blood,

by other humans

must his blood be shed;

for in God’s image

God has made humankind. -NET

God’s penalty for shedding the blood of man was harsh because humans have the greatest attribute out of all God has created. That attribute is what gives every human being value. That attribute is the image of God.

I know many people with DD. They do have many struggles but they also tend to be the most compassionate and inspiring people I know. This young girl is made in the image of God and I pray that her parents come to that realization. It is time for Christians to stand up for life. It is time to use our voices to encourage dialogue. It is time to rise up and defend the right to life for every human being.

Thanks for reading.

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