In his latest Youtube video, Rev. Jonathan Fisk makes reference to an issue that I end up often debating about - procreation. One of the things Fisk does is that over and over, when he describes children as blessings, he carefully points out that this isn't a "law" - just how God created us. God created us to be one man, one woman, and 1+1= a bunch. That's how things ought to be.
Sometimes we can tend up summing up larger problems into specific points or symbols - where we make a single point or issue the crux... when really it isn't. I think contraception is one of these points.
Now, are there some forms of contraception that are flat out wrong - sure, the ones that don't prevent conception, but rather end life. But forms that are contraceptive -- well, instead of talking about whether or not we can - let's talk about whether or not we ought to.
You see, I hold to Paul's teaching here - all things are permissible, but not all things are profitable. Don't try to forbid a tool, and contraceptives are just a tool. Tool accomplish a purpose. We aren't to kill, but if we do have to kill for some reason, well, hunting is fine (we don't need "natural fatality planning" to provide us our meat). Are we to divorce - not generally - but if that situation arises where it is allowable, hiring a Lawyer isn't violating the Scripture (no one says, "But Moses said YOU could write a certificate of divorce, he didn't say anything about hiring a lawyer to do it.")
I find the vehemence against contraceptives to be misguided - it's like people thinking gun control curbs crime -- well, people who want to do crime will still do it (and probably armed anyway) - it only criminalizes licit uses.
"But contraceptives are unnatural!" You know what? When it boils down to it, so is the falsely-called "natural family planning". Both contraceptive use and natural family planning seek as their goal to prevent conception -- and therefore they both go against the natural goal of sex. Both are fundamentally contraception - against conception.
Now, does the rampant availability of contraceptives lead to more and more people disdaining God's gift of children and promote a lack of respect for life? I don't know - what do you say about guns and violence? For some, the presence of guns will lead them more easily down paths of violence - for others, they can be fine tools for life in its goodness.
The questions that we should be pondering is when can Christians safely seek to prevent conception - not set a specific style of contraception up as being "natural" when it isn't.
As for when we can, well, I have a feeling that I might allow for it more often than many folks who I know and respect -- but then again, I tend to make more allowances in general. I don't want my thoughts on how to use freedom to come around and crush someone who is struggling or debating.
Of course, to a certain extent, I think we are short sighted when we look at the cure to abortion being legislation rather than promoting and teaching what a blessing children are (not that I think we shouldn't criminalize abortion on demand - it's just that we shouldn't think that if Roe v. Wade is overturned it means we've "won" -- it just means we'll be holding the legal side in the battle until culture is changed.)
You know, this is what it boils down to for me. It isn't laws we need, it isn't forbidding tools - we need cultural change. And so much stuff seems to think that if we sop up the spilled milk that we have somehow restored the broken bottle to its pristine state... when we haven't. Ah well.