One of the latest medical contributions to the world has not been a step closer to the cure for AIDS or Parkinsons or cancer or Alzeimer’s or gluttony. The science world has introduced a new series of birth control pills that will cause women to never have a period again. How should Christians respond? After all, it seems like a convenience for those who are tired of buying tampons and Midol. While it could be helpful for those who have severe cramping and want relief, those who have introduced the new pills seem to taking a different line. They tout the benefit of not having agonizing pain, but they go further in saying that we can do away with the inconvenience.
Listen to this obstetrician, “We weren’t supposed to have 13 natural periods year after year after year,” said Linda Miller, an obstetrician/gynecologist at the University of Washington in Seattle. “We as a society have already changed what nature intended for us.” First of all, how does she know what ‘nature’ intended for us? Secondly, does nature have a personality so that it can plan and design for us? Thirdly, there is an arrogance to such a statement that bleeds of self-centeredness.
Not to say much about our proclivity for comfort, this movement towards sexual liberation has done more harm than just to our culture. How many of the drugs on the pharmacy’s shelves are beneficial for us? How many doctors have maligned the Hippocratic Oath they swore not so long ago? There has been a right reaction against such a drug. Some of these reactions stem from the desire to not tamper with the way God made us. Some reactions are aimed at the pretension of science to think that it has mastered ‘nature.’ And the third has to do with something I align myself with more. That is, there are those of us who react against pumping our bodies with hormones and chemicals that do more harm than good.
So much of what we have in the medical field is not for health as much as for convenience and laziness. Erectile dysfunction pills, birth control pills, sleeping pills, diet pills, etc. Truly we are a legally drugged-up society. We have not thought much about what we are putting into our bodies because it takes too much work. And besides, that Cherry Coke is awfully tasty. Have we depended upon drugs more than the better work of eating healthy foods? It takes ten minutes more to fix a bowl of oatmeal than to drive up to McDonald’s and order a breakfast sandwich. However, if you factor in the waiting in line, payment, and driving (gas!) to the store…then it is cheaper and quicker to fix that bowl of oatmeal – not to mention healthier.
Enough. My point is just to challenge us to think through these issues with Gospel in our eyes. It is more than just a convenience for people that is driving this drug. It is convenience that has become the end-all-be-all of our American culture.