Thursday, July 20, 2006

Informing people about birth control

Yesterday I mailed out two copies of Randy Alcorn's Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions? I sent one to each of the Republican candidates for state representative. I had mentioned the issue to both of them; one seemed open to it, the other did not. Hopefully, this will mean more informed people in high places.

I ordered 100 of these small booklets after I first read it, and I currently have 97. The one place I really feel the need to take this message is my own church, but I feel like I ought to go through the proper channels to avoid disrespecting authority. So far I have met with the pastor and brought this up, given him one of the books, and also mentioned it to the wife of our freshly-nominated youth pastor. I thought of bringing it up to our former pastor, who is now a missionary, when he visited, but the moment never seemed right.

So right now I am waiting for our pastor to read this little book. I know he's busy. I don't know when I can expect more dialog on this. I don't know if he has personal reasons for not being open, or if he just is too busy to give it his attention or doesn't feel it's important. To me it certainly seems difficult to imagine anything more urgent than that members of our church may be inadvertantly killing their own children. I don't think it's my place to be telling people about this--I'm afraid of sharing with someone who does use birth control. I'm really hoping that the evidence will convince him to take some initiative. I hope that he is too conscientious to want this blood on his hands. I know I don't want the blood on my hands, and that's why I brought the issue to him. If I can get a clear go ahead, or even a clear stop, then I can stop waiting and, hopefully, start getting this information out to people. If he's going to be against me, I'd rather know than keep getting brushed off.

I get afraid. I am afraid of sharing, afraid of getting no assistance, afraid of whether I can stay at this church if they refuse to work against the killing of their smallest attendees. But where would I go? I don't know of other churches around here, much less the church I would want--one that was passionate about God's plan for the family, his love for babies, and six-day creation. I would love to go to a church that believed wholeheartedly in the sufficiency of God's word. But my church is home. I love the people there and I truly think that most people are trying to follow Christ. And maybe God thinks that I can help change my church into what he wants it to be.

But who am I? I'm 23 and I've been a Christian for five years or less. The message that God wants us to let him control how many children we have sounds kind of naive coming from a woman who has no kids. The idea that God has revealed this to me sounds arrogant coming from a nearly-brand-new Christian. The idea that I have something valuable to teach other members sounds conceited from one of the youngest adults there. About all I have going for me is that I'm willing to risk being tactless and I don't have a problem not going along with the crowd. That and God.

But why me?


Blogger Rosemary Bogdan said...

Young Christian Woman, you seem spiritually mature beyond your years. Hav you ever explored the teachings of the Catholic Church?

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Carmon Friedrich said...

Hello dear Young Christian Woman. I came here because of your comment at Crystal's site, and saw that you had linked to one of my old posts! Thank you for your boldness, dear girl, for telling people about the abortifacient possibilities with hormonal BC. I am praying for your womb to open so you can be a blessed mommy to many children, but while you wait patiently for God, I know you will be a blessing to your husband and other women in your church who need encouraging. If you missed it, be sure to check my post asking for prayer for the Daughertys, and read the linked booklet about God's providence in our suffering.


9:59 PM  
Anonymous Holly said...

Wow! Good for you! Of course God can use you - a young woman, newly Christian to open the eyes of others!

He can use you, He can use me...a mama of 7!

Keep it up!

6:00 PM  

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