Vasectomy pt 2: Worms and Romans
Well, the can is open… worms are everywhere. Ugh. Nasty Worms… 🙂
I have my reasons for all my views, not just this issue of Vasectomy. My views are based on intense study of scripture, and a lot have actually changed after delving in to scripture. Am I always right? No. I can admit that. But I also do not simply latch onto a view because it sounds good to me or someone told me it has to be this way. I have to research it, I have to pray, I have to perform exegesis and study it. For instance, when I professed my faith in the Maranatha CanRC in Surrey years ago, I was tested by the consistory (the elders) prior to the occasion.
I will never forget that day. One of the questions was asked by Teresa’s late Opa Kuntz…”What do you believe concerning women holding office in the church?” Being me, even back then, I stated that I could not blindly accept as true something the minister told me once in one sentence during a pre-confession class a few months ago. I grew up in a church that was not opposed to women in office and if the truth be known I did not know what I believed. I told them that I would delve into the topic and research it in its historical and biblical contexts and get back to them. Opa Kuntz had a smile on his face (thankfully) and the rest of the consistory was looking at the minister with a kind of “what do we do” face, while the minister looked at me with a sort of amused smirk. He certainly knew me very well. I was sweating bullets as I knew what they wanted to hear, but I would not simply say that without research. Anyway, I was granted the right to profess my faith even without presenting my findings! So you can see where I am coming from. Anything I post, I have researched…but I admit that I am not always right.
As far as this topic of vasectomy goes, there were a number of responses to what I wrote…well over 100. There were those who completely agreed with me, those who were even more conservative and “archaic” than me with regard to birth control, and those who thought single men could have vasectomies…but most of you fell in the middle.
The funny thing here, and I find it funny because I intentionally did not mention it in the first post, is that out of all these responses, emails and private messages, only 2 people mentioned Romans 14. And that was what I was looking for. These topics set us off, because, well, they are hot button issues! Some people believe they are sins, others do not. Much like the there is no absolute clear commandment regarding vasectomy. I can make inferences and logical deductions and use scripture to support my view, and so can others to support their own views. And that is why it is so hard to make a blanket statement concerning this issue of vasectomy. Simply speaking of gray areas, or saying there is no difference between vasectomy and a condom, or that it is your choice, or we should prayerfully consider our birth control choices is fine, you can make those arguments…but in the end, as Christians we need to see scripture as the final authority in everything. And that is where we really need to make our arguments from in a debate with another Christian. We certainly need to consider Romans 14 in this debate.
Personally I believe that Christian men should only have a vasectomy in extreme cases where pregnancy or childbirth will be so detrimental that it would be best to prevent conception. And when I said this, people got angry. People got upset. Why is that? Why did you get so upset? I am just a blogger for one thing, and for another I was simply giving my view of it. What if I said Christians should not eat medium rare steaks? That is how I eat them, but the Bible clearly states that people should not consume blood…and there is certainly blood in a medium rare steak. Am I sinning? No. Not according to Romans 14.
Sadly we as emotional creatures get upset when we have a belief that is comfortably resting in its enclosure, and then along comes some guy who rattles the cage and shakes up that belief. In Romans 14 Paul tells us to be careful not to condemn other Christians who have the opposite views of us. I have a view of vasectomy that many of you do not also hold, and some of you have condemned me for this view. But that is ok, I forgive you. 🙂 I also have to be careful not to condemn others who do not hold my view! The conclusion that we come too regarding vasectomy must be right with our conscience’s, done in fervent prayer, done according to Biblical reasoning. In everything we must seek God’s glory and the good of our neighbour. I have no right to condemn someone else for disagreeing with me on this issue and neither do you….no matter how much we think we are right. And I am thinking that I am right 😉
I will poke the cage one more time if I may. I do not need answers … Is fertility a gift of God? If your answer is “yes,” then ask yourself, “How will I respond to Jesus when I face him and he asks me for an account of what I did with this gift fertility?” I would rather not say that I buried it in the dirt…but that is just me.
I am still doing research on the history of birth control in the church. So stay tuned for that!
Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[a]? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will acknowledge God.’”[b]
12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 14 I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. 15 If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.
19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.
22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.[c]