A Diamond in the Rough

This past week the Church has been pretty tough on President Obama.  It seems every time I go on facebook there are a flood of comments from people complaining about the HHS decision regarding birth control and insurance companies or about Planned Parenthood or about some other issue that the President has taken a stance on that has made the Christian Church wonder if he is not the Anti-Christ.

Well, with so many people feeling down on the President, I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for bringing birth control out of the darkness and into the light.

Allow me to explain.

January 22 was Life Sunday, and many pastors and churches boldly proclaimed from the pulpit the sanctity of life that Sunday in all its stages from the very earliest days of conception to the very last hours before death.  On January 23, there was a March For Life in Washington DC on the National Mall during which mostly Roman Catholics, but Lutherans and others as well, marched against the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, and again proclaimed the sanctity of life from conception to grave.

But you know what was missing in those churches on Life Sunday and in the March For Life?  The Church’s stance against birth control.  Birth control has always been that issue left in the closet and never really spoken of.  The Church has always been out front stressing the sanctity of life and demanding that abortion clinics be shut down immediately and Planned Parenthood be defunded.

But birth control has always been the dirty little secret, that many members of these same churches, who themselves were against abortion, were using some form of birth control.  And the Church has mostly turned a blind eye to this; and if it has spoken, it has done so in paper statements or in a muffled voice.

But now, thanks to the recent decisions of President Obama and the HHS, the Church has been thrust into the spotlight and forced to speak out on the wrongs of birth control: how birth control and like drugs are doing very premature forms of abortions, killing eggs before they have a chance to develop; and how parents are practicing their own form of abortion by not having any more kids than they want, or having no children at all.

Thanks to President Obama, that dirty little secret that no one was really talking about, and which even the Church was turning a blind eye to, has been pulled out of the shadows and into the light, and now, at long last the Church is taking a clear and firm stance that no one can say is muffled or a paper statement.

The number of people coming out in the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church and in other churches who say that they use birth control even though their Church body speaks against birth control, is a sign of just how long overdue this stance by the Church is.

And so I would like to thank President Obama for forcing the Church to finally discuss birth control, and to make its stance known to more than just those who read press releases that are issued out of office buildings.

Believe it or not, he has done the Church a huge favor.

About revschmidt

An LCMS Pastor in North-Central Kansas
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One Response to A Diamond in the Rough

  1. Jon says:

    Michael,
    I like your comments; there is one paragraph that isn’t precise enough in talking about birth control as an abortifacient. The last sentence of that same paragraph is (if I’m reading it properly) is attempting to tie the same mind set between those who use birth control and those who destroy the life entrusted to them via abortion. I agree it is the same mindset; the sentence tries to do too much work in making that connection in too few words.

    Are you aware of a website that might be beneficial to your conversation: http://lutheransandcontraception.blogspot.com/ It isn’t always kept up to date, but it does have some good resource reading.

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