Flippancy Toward Reproduction

by Andy Diestelkamp

Undoubtedly the invention of the birth control pill fueled "the sexual revolution." The prospect of sexual experience without "consequences" gave women what some men imagined that they already "enjoyed" - freedom! Freedom from responsibilities and the burdens that come with them.

Yet, this stereotypical flippant male mentality which imagines personal freedom from the "consequences" of sex was generally the worldview of the unmarried and unbelievers. A good man, a godly man does not have such an attitude toward sexual reproduction. He marries before he engages in that which our Creator designed to produce babies and views himself as the protector of and provider for and full partner with his wife in the fruits of their union.

Whereas, when those pursuing sexual freedom without inhibition find themselves with the fruit of their freedom, they too often resort to sacrificing their offspring on the altar of their freedom. When people's sexual freedom inevitably resulted in a host of unwanted threats to their freedom, abortion became an essential right to maintain that freedom. With relative flippancy, the fruit of sexual revolutionaries became disposable with no concern whatsoever for the freedoms of their offspring. The sexual revolution produced a flippancy toward sex itself and its natural fruit. Sex essentially became, to many, like food satisfying an appetite, with its "consequences" being flushed down the toilet.

But wait, there's more! Technology has brought us in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and the rich and glamorous have seen its advantages and convenience. Methods that might be ethically used on a very limited basis to help a married couple who is barren have a child, have become the playground of mercenary doctors and technicians pandering to everyone from the desperate to the social elite to create human embryos en masse to sit on ice. Paris Hilton flippantly observed in an interview with Glamour Magazine (UK), “Carter [her husband] and I had already been talking about the future and then the world was shut down [by Covid], so I was like, ‘What do you think about us making embryos?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’ And we’ve done it seven times… I have all boys. I have 20 boys.”

However, do not misunderstand or be distracted by my specific example. This is not a rant against Paris Hilton. She likely doesn't know any better. It is a warning to those who espouse a worldview with Christ at its center to beware that the flippancy of the world toward sexual reproduction does not in any way influence our way of thinking about God's gifts to us. "Making embryos" is a holy endeavor and to flippantly flush them down the toilet or stock a freezer with them is not only unethical, but it is also immoral, and to endorse it is blasphemy.

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