Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, claims this one thing has had as great an impact on human beings as any development since the Fall. Is he talking about the scientific revolution? The printing press? The fall of Rome? No, he’s referring to a tiny object that fits in the palm of your hand: he’s referring to the birth control pill.
With the pill, Mohler says, “the entire horizon of the sexual act changes. . . . There can be no question that the pill gave incredible license to everything from adultery and affairs to premarital sex – and within marriage to a separation of the sex act and procreation.”
Mohler has a point. Without the pill, there likely would have been no sexual revolution in the 60s; no subsequent disintegration of the family; and no rampant hookup culture now. Since the introduction of the pill, marriage has declined by 33% and divorce has more than doubled. STDs have exploded. And, the number of children living in single-parent families has tripled.
Given these facts, how should we Christians think about birth control? Until 1930, every Christian church – Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox – opposed contraception. But then, Mainline Protestants bought the lie of eugenicists – that the world would be better if we simply weeded out undesirable populations. This thinking eventually led to genocide. Evangelicals swallowed the lie of population control advocates: either impede procreation or we’ll starve to death. This has led to what’s called a “Demographic Winter” – populations where the birth rate is so low that rapid population decline and economic devastation is certain to come.
In addition to these consequences is a strong theological argument against contraception. That is, that God created the union of male and female to reflect the life and love of the Trinity – as well as the love of Christ for His church. When one sterilizes that union, he not only perverts this symbol: he creates an anti-symbol that reflects selfishness, not love.
I used to support birth control, but I can’t anymore. Scripture says we can know a tree by its fruit. And, I can’t think of a more rancid fruit than the fruit of contraception.