Monday, June 23, 2008

Abstinence & Tony Perkins of the FRC

Watching Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council on Larry King tonight I was once again reminded of why so many people, Christian and secular alike, think what we used to call "evangelicals" are wacko. Ditto for the perception of Christians - guilt by association. Here is a man who speaks as an authority on the Bible and faith, but has no understanding of human nature. Actually, it's worse than that. He can't be that stupid so it must be intentional. OK, I'll be kind. Maybe he is that stupid.

Very simply, those that promote "abstinence only" as pregnancy prevention are ignorant of what Martin Luther and Philip Melanchthon wrote of in the Augsburg Confession as original sin - lust, or as they wrote, concupiscence. They say all men are born with it. I'll add that women are, too, they're just smarter about it. But apparently 750,000 teenage women in America still manage to get pregnant each year. Worse, only 400,000 children are born to those women. Do the math and count the abortions, please.

To tell a 16 year old that sex is not to be engaged in before marriage is the right thing to do. To leave it at that and NOT explain that if they DO succumb to that temptation that birth control is a really wise thing to consider and use responsibly, is akin to allowing your child to play with a loaded gun but not tell them it's loaded. Or your grandchild as the case actually is.

From my theology we are all sinners from birth and the #2 part of original sin is lust. As a Christian it is my responsibility to tell my daughters not to have sex prior to marriage and to give them the myriad of entirely valid reasons why. I don't have sons. As a father it is my responsibility to tell my daughters that birth control is absolutely required should they choose to have sex along with the myriad of entirely valid reasons why.

IF Mr. Perkins truly wanted to prevent abortions he would speak in favor of free birth control and a complete curriculum of sex education starting, oh, in the 7th grade perhaps. People of his thinking are more concerned with teaching righteous living (as if they have lived it) than they are saving the life of an unborn child, and we know perfectly righteous living is not possible no matter how hard we may try. Especially as a teenager.

So, Mr. Perkins, I call you a hypocrite and a disgrace to our faith. You grandstand on righteousness as if you've achieved it on your own. You lack recognition of the need for God and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in the righteousness of each person and you preach false possibilities to families that trust you. In so doing you lead them wrong and cause those very abortions you, and I, abhor.

Sorry, got a little carried away here, but this is the very stupidity that leaves secular people with a modicum of smarts thinking Christians fools, it causes unwanted births which leads to unwanted terminations and keeps those that haven't found faith yet but somehow found you, from seeking any association with you or our faith.

Mr. Perkins, preach responsibly!


Blogger peter said...

Different people have different opinions buddy. We cannot force some one to change to some philosophy.


6/23/2008 11:24 PM  
Blogger Christian Democrat said...

Thank you Peter, for you calm and correct rebuke. I did go a bit far in my rhetoric but I stand by my statement - Mr. Perkins and the like have a hand in every abortion that comes about because a parent wouldn't talk to their children about birth control, or a school can't give out birth control to a child that needs it - IF they did so because of what some self-righteous person preached.

But yes, it occurs to me that Mr. Perkins probably doesn't give a darn about anything Luther or Melanchton wrote, that his theology probably seems correct to him.

But he's wrong and powerfully using the screens across America to send a bad message, one that does harm. His actions deny his statements. He is part of a group that causes some unwanted pregnancies and hence, some abortions, to occur.

I'm not certain if your use of the term "philosophy" is intentional or not. If so, it went over my head and I'm letting it stay there.

OK. time to go to work.

6/24/2008 7:46 AM  
Blogger Bookworm aka me said...

CD well, if zealously stated.

In a perfect world words might be enough. We just aren't quite perfect, so we also require old-fashioned good sense.

7/17/2008 7:50 AM  
Blogger Christian Democrat said...

Yeah, I got a bit in-a-huff over this one but it is these very people that ...

well, I guess I said that already.

May peace be with us all.

7/17/2008 9:01 AM  

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