Friday, April 11, 2014

Culture news: No, Christians aren't obsessed with sex

Nathaniel Givens has written a thoughtful piece in which he rebuts the charge that Christian obsession with sex drives their opposition to abortion and same sex marriage.  He writes:
Throughout Ehrich’s piece what becomes clear is that what motivates Christians to oppose abortion and same-sex marriage is not an obsession with sex, but an obsession with what was always at the heart of Christ’s concern: ministering to the vulnerable and the powerless—in this case, the pre-born and the lately born. Defenders of legalized abortion want to clear the way to have sex without the threat of incurring obligations to any child who may be conceived. The majority of proponents of same-sex marriage view the institution of marriage as one that exists fundamentally for the benefit and fulfillment of adults (hence the rhetoric about equality) rather than to codify obligations of parents to their offspring. In both cases Christians refuse to allow the bonds of duty between parent and child to be severed. Christians stand for those who need protection in the womb and those who need the richness and the resources of a father and a mother in the home. It’s not about sex. It’s about caring for those who are dependent and defenseless.

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