Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Friday, February 10, 2012

Building People of Substance for Works of Power

The world is insane, Friend.

I have been amused by the uproar in the media for the last couple of weeks. First there was the charity that decided to quit supporting Planned Parenthood. The screams could be heard far and wide: “How could they do such a thing. This will kill thousands of women who will now have no access to health care!” Then came the announcement of a new regulation requiring religious organizations to pay for birth control, sterilization, and abortifacients for all their employees. When the Catholic Church bucked, the apologists began their chorus of, “It’s a war on women. They have a right to preventive care.”

It just seems important to point out a couple of things. First of all, you can diagnose the nature of a person by the things that really cause him to get overwrought – it tells you what is important to him. In this case, we can see that the so-called “women’s movement” is very concerned with money and fornication. The uproar begins when you try to divert finances, or threaten the ability to have sex with anyone, anytime, without consequences. There is no real threat here to women’s health, only to Planned Parenthood’s bank account. The secondary effect of that might be to limit the availability of abortions on demand to the 80% of their clientele who are unmarried and pregnant. I would suggest that chastity until marriage would solve the problem, but them are fightin’ words, pardner. Then there is the remarkable suggestion that birth control is preventive medicine and that women have a right to have this prevention provided at my expense, even though I have no intention of impregnating them myself. (Those that do the deed ought to pay the freight.) Just to be accurate, I looked it up: “Preventive medicine or preventive care refers to measures taken to prevent diseases, (or injuries) rather than curing them or treating their symptoms.” So, if birth control and abortion are preventive medicine, does that mean that pregnancy is a disease?

Scripture Reading: What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes and think themselves so clever. (Isaiah 5:20-21 NLT)

Somebody Said The mastery of nature is vainly believed to be an adequate substitute for self mastery. Reinhold Niebuhr

The TV commentators assure us that all women are on the side of abortion on demand, government provision of contraception for all, and protection of the right to fornicate without conscience. I suspect that is an inaccurate characterization. I am convinced of better things in the women I know. But then they are mostly members of the mothers movement and the ladies movement, feminine rather than simply female. Thank God.


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