Al Mohler Responds: The Evangelical Unease Over Contraception
Is evangelical unease about contraception really just a cover for conservative white male evangelical leaders to keep women out of pulpits? Evidently some think so, or fear so, or perhaps even hope so.
That was made clear in a recent Religion News Service op-ed by Jacob Lupfer, raising a key question about the controversy over the Obama administration‚Äôs contraception mandate: Are evangelical protests rooted in concern about religious liberty or about birth control? The answer is yes.
A good many evangelicals hope to do far more than sow seeds of doubt about the morality of birth control. Our concern is to raise an alarm about the entire edifice of modern sexual morality and to acknowledge that millions of evangelicals have unwittingly aided and abetted that moral revolution by an unreflective and unfaithful embrace of the contraceptive revolution....
"Church leaders have to confront the morality of the Pill because they have to deal with human sexuality. We cannot condemn the gay lifestyle, adultery, premarital sex or pornography based on their sinful implications and yet ignore the equally dangerous effects of contraception. To do so is hypocritical.
"Renowned pro-life advocate and Vice President for Government Relations at the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, Wendy Wright, expressed, "Evangelicals need to be consistent - and think deeply - regarding abortion, birth control and children. To do what Catholics have done, get to the spiritual root, not simplistically reject the issue as 'Catholic' but instead consider what the Bible as well as science have to say."
BY CHELSEN VICARI, CHRISTIAN POST OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR An Evangelical Woman's Response to the 'Unease Over Contraception' January 8, 2014