I wrote previously here about a bout of stomach churning. The affliction returned last Thursday upon the news that the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, is due to have a baby – see here.
So here are some thoughts.
- Who’s the father? Does anyone ask that question in these situations? Men, who used to have a direct role in every procreation, are now, very often, just some anonymous sperm donor.
- Where’s the father? Children need fathers. By force of circumstances it sometimes does not happen, but to choose for there to be no father in the child’s upbringing is harmful for that child.
- Are we all happy? Apparently we are all supposed to be; everyone was tweeting their joy and good wishes concerning her pregnancy. Alas, i have to confess my stomach turned for this all seems so wrong.
- Do we know something is wrong? I think we do. In the march of progress, so-called, we have all been corralled into thinking this is a good thing. But I suggest in our hearts we know that it is unnatural. This is what the Bible says: Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error (Rom. 1:26-27).
- Is it only private? No it is not. It affects the whole atmosphere in which we live. All the publicity encourages more and more to feel that this is normal.
- We are venturing into a great social experiment of which there is very little revelation of the outcomes. What will be the impact on children, families in fact of everyone with this elasticizing of what constitutes a family?
- What about the money? I don’t know who funded Ms. Davidson’s IVF, but the over-pressed health service is pouring significant resources into these treatments. And all because of peoples’ personal lifestyle choices.
- Is my choice all that matters? “There should be no limitation on choices for women as a consequence of maternity” is how Ruth Davidson opines on the matter. So “my choice” trumps everything else it seems. Which all reminds me of teh time of the Judges in scripture when Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit (Judges 21:25). If you read Judges 17-21 you will see what a complete mess the nation of Israel were in as a result. Oh that we might submit to God’s choice for our lives.