The elephant named “sex” sitting in the living room

“And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child,
how can we tell other people not to kill one another?
How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion?
As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves
that love means to be willing to give until it hurts.
Jesus gave even His life to love us.
So, the mother who is thinking of abortion,
should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans,
or her free time, to respect the life of her child.
The father of that child, whoever he is,
must also give until it hurts.”

Mother Teresa

(image from the web)

Here is another excerpt from Peter Kreeft’s book How To Destroy
Western Civilization And Other Ideas From The Cultural Abyss

or perhaps we should just call this part 2 of yesterday post,
God Blessed Texas….

“It’s the unmentionable elephant in the living room.
It’s sex.
Religious liberty is being attacked in the name of sexual liberty.

The current culture war is most fundamentally about abortion,
and abortion is about sex. Abortion is backup contraception,
and contraception is the demand to have sex without having babies.
If storks brought babies, Planned Parenthood would go broke.

Catholics, Muslims, Orthodox Jews, and Evangelical Protestants
are the only groups left in the West who oppose the Sexual Revolution
and uphold traditional sexual morality.
Everyone else assumes, without question or controversy,
that contraception has finally “liberated” sex from its servile connection
with baby-making and has turned it into a purely personal,
“recreational” option.

Our liberty is being denied because it threatens their liberty,
Religious liberty threatens sexual liberty.
Our religious freedom of conscience threatens their sexual freedom
of conscience.

It’s not their behavior that we threaten, it’s their conscience.
They want us to approve their
behavior, at least implicitly, by paying for it.
We are the last people in our culture who say no, who judge,
who dare to play the prophet. Prophets are always unpopular.
There’s no profit in being a prophet.
Prophets are lights that are a bit too bright.
They show up the artificiality in the air-brushed Playboy fantasies.
They threaten the fun. Prophets are X-rays that show cancers
to patients who are living in denial.

If Jews and Christians could just erase two of the Commandments,
the ones against adultery and lust, the new post-Christian culture of
Western civilization would have absoutely no problem with religion.

They call us “judgmental” and “authoritarian”,
but it’s because we are exactly the opposite,
because we do not claim the authority to contradict our
Creator and Commander,
because we do not dare to be so judgmental as to judge His judgements
to be mistaken, because we dare not erase or change the line
He has drawn in the sand.
We cannot compromise our consciences because we believe our
conscience are His prophets, not society’s.

It’s not that we seek to impose our sexual morality (or any other part of morality)
on others by force.
We propose; we do not impose.
We seek only liberty of conscience for everyone, including ourselves.
No one wants to send sexual storm troopers into fornicators’ bedrooms.

But they seek to impose their sexual morality on us.
They do not merely propose, they impose.
They want to force us to compromise our consciences or be punished by
a fine (or something worse).
We can tolerate them; why can’t they tolerate us?
Why are they so threatened by our minority view?

Because they know it is not a minority view,
but the majority view in all times and places outside
twenty-first-century Europe and North America
(for example, every culture in history and “backward” cultures like
Africa and Latin America still today)
and the view of all the great religious of the world.
If our principles were merely quirky,
like the principles of a small Native American tribe that
sees the hallucinogenic peyote as a regions sacrament or the principles
of the Amish that see electricity as evil,
the Establishment would not be threatened by tased principles
and would readily grant these fringe groups the right to be exceptional
for the sake of conscience—as they do.
The do not insist that the Amish pay a penalty for not using electricity.
But they do insist that we pay a penalty for not paying for abortions.

Perhaps their consciences are still alive, after all, and feel guilty about killing
their own unborn children. How could they not?
If they can get us to compromise our consciences,
they won’t feel so bad about having compromised their own.
“Everybody does it” has always been a very effective and convenient excuse for
any kind of evil, even slavery or genocide.

That’s what this is not just about contraception or abortion or whether
every human biological life is intrinsically valuable.
It’s about whether every human conscience is.

53 comments on “The elephant named “sex” sitting in the living room

  1. says:

    Amazing truth, my friend. I especially like this – “Prophets are X-rays that show cancers
    to patients who are living in denial.” Government has no place in the bedroom and it never should should never have been the business of government. Thank God for Texas, but don’t look for Minnesota to follow suit.

  2. Doug says:

    I could presume…. it’s all because of the comparative hypocrisy of religion in general, but in this case, abortion specifically… that “all life is precious”. Yep.. makes sense. So how about we start with the living? That doesn’t work out so well.. so “we” go for the womb? We are in the middle of a “vaccine war” because some people want “choice”, to preserve some idea of personal freedom rather than “mandate” for a short period of time to save lives? I’d give up my freedoms for a period of time in a heartbeat to save another life…. to preserve the nation.
    Our Second Amendment has a cost of something like 38,000 deaths by firearms each year… but we dismiss that level of life-saving responsibility. (I’m ok with the Second.. just making a point)

    I have to admit the Texas law was pretty creative.. BUT… it was SCOTUS refusing to take a stand (at this time) that allowed it to become law. I have oft said in other venues that a true right to life person would also have to INCLUDE rape and incest.. and not make that an exception. After all, if that tragic event occurred to someone one might be inclined to think it was a form of God’s will, hence the pregnancy has equal validity as any other. This Texas law seems to support that all-inclusive idea.
    BUT.. if pro-life must stand, we do need to make these exceptions.
    Yet.. when all is said and done, I am just a pro-choice male… so what do I know about being pregnant, right? Oh wait.. it’s my gender that causes pregnancy, wanted or not, to begin with.

    • last I checked Doug, it did take two…not merely males.
      Of course we can use a petrie dish…but it still takes two.
      And as for the Court…some of us think they got it right, some of us do not.
      That’s usually how things go—yay or nay,

  3. bcparkison says:

    And the answer is??? Only the C,reator /Source/Heavenly Father /God of all, knows the outcome since He is the Begining and the End.

  4. What’s happened in Tx is a travesty, the Supreme Court has failed in its responsibility. It’s time to add additional judges to SCOTUS and stop the filibuster. Placing a bounty ($10,000) on your neighbors heads is fascist and unconstitutional. Women are not the only one’s who will suffer.

    • I respect your thoughts–I wonder however, if SCOTUS had rendered a decision that was more inline with your thoughts on this issue, I doubt you would be demanding to “pack the bench” —and as for filibusters, they are indeed a bit of an oddity within our legislative branch.

      • It’s time to take action against the ruthless far right. Are you one the “no mandates, my body my choice “ but when it’s someone else’s body it is also your choice? Indeed we must stand up against the corruption of Trumpism that has infiltrated the highest court of the land.

      • I’ve had both vaccines—plus Covid despite doing everything I was told— I’m not going to demand that someone else get the shot if they don’t feel it’s best for their life’s circumstance— I am not an anti vaccine person as I and my child had every vaccine one is to get —however that being said, no one knows what the long term effects might be of these shots as the issue of fertility for younger girls who get the shot is an a huge question .
        I think Trump did very good things for the economy and did put US interests first.
        I think Biden is a very weak man and totally handled the pulling out of Afghanistan terribly wrong— his poor planning cost the lives of 13 servicemen and women and he simply left 90 billion dollars of taxpayer funded military equipment behind for all US enemies to have at their disposal… there are correct exists and wrong exits— he opted for the wrong one—
        And as a person who was adopted as well as a Christian who knows that I am the created and not the Creator , abortion is not something I can ever support— I do equate it to murder of the unborn.
        I respect your opinions and that you disagree — I hope you will respect mine.

      • I don’t correspond with Trumpers.

      • That is unfortunate as you may miss an opportunity to share ideas

      • Doug says:

        When both sides are confident they have all the answers.. there’s not a lot of actual “sharing of ideas” going on. Such are the times we live in given we’ve lost the ability… desire… to compromise. Why compromise when each side has all the answers? Or more to the point, the other side is to be hated for their ideas.

      • I can tell you are completely brainwashed and a hopeless case.

      • I think when I accepted Christ around the age of 10, it’s been a roller coaster, but I’ve never been the same— brainwashed, no— servant of Christ yes—it does not mean I agree with everything about Trump in the least bit— but I believe in Our Nation’s republic and our constitution— a democratic freedom— that has come at a great cost to many who have defended it for over 200 years— I call that patriotism

      • Trump is not now nor ever has been a patriot. He has nearly destroyed our country , has no respect for the Constitution nor does his constituents. He is a criminal , he is using misguided people like you. I have nothing more to say to you.

      • Again, I appreciate your opinion— at 62, college educated, 31 year veteran educator and life lived with the school of hard knocks— I wouldn’t call that misguided, more like wizened knowledge

      • Masters degree in nursing. Common sense and quick to detect the brainwashed.

      • Also I never said I was a Trumper but that he did a marvelous with the economy and I like that he put US interests first

      • He’s a fascist,a bully, a misogynist , a fool who think he can “grab ‘em by the …..”. I don’t get how a “Christian” can stand the sight of him.

      • Can’t say I agree with the false name calling

      • Haha! You are a Trumper. Come on now, spill it.

      • I wonder how Trump got into my post regarding sex and abortion

      • Before I tell you what’s going on with you and that you are not the solution but the problem I’ll end this discussion now.

      • Thank you for being a nurse

      • Speaking for medical personnel we are fed up with religious nuts, deniers of science, listening to Fox and filling hospitals to overflowing. Even compassion has its limits when heart attack victims are being sent away for lack of ICU beds.

      • I can only imagine — hence my having been vaccinated back in March

      • Doug says:

        Don’t look at me.

    • Citizen Tom says:

      @House of Heart

      The debate over abortion is neither simple nor straightforward. Is about a woman’s control over her body? No. Whatever an unborn child may be, that child’s body is its own, not it’s mother’s. The issue is whether an unborn child has rights and is entitled to the protection of the state.

      Instead of addressing those issues, you have engaged in hysterical name calling. You shamed yourself with such behavior.

      • Citizen Tom, watch your mouth. You have shamed yourself. If you think it’s ok for the state of Tx to put a bounty on a woman’s head you should join the Taliban. The sorry thing is The GOP’s concern for the unborn ends at its birth. They are the first to withhold social programs for the needy , medical care for mom and baby. Shame on you. Your body your choice, woman’s body your choice. You’ve sickened me.

      • Shame on you for your anger and disdain…
        As well as for your tightly closed heart

      • Citizen Tom says:

        @House of Heart

        More name calling. Instead of debating, you are trying to justify your irrational rage with lies. No one put a bounty on “a woman’s head” as you put it. Look at who can be sued and why.

        It is calling abortion wrong you resent. You are in a rage that anyone would call abortion murder. So, you make up stuff to justify yourself.

      • This blog is in spam now.

      • Citizen Tom says:

        @House of Heart

        You remind me a child who takes her ball and runs home because her playmates won’t let her win.

  5. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:
    Thank God for you SC!! Hugs from GW!! 🙂 🙂

  6. oneta hayes says:

    You are sooo right. The un-Godly always want to be sanctioned by the Godly. Somehow that eases the conscience. Everybody is doing it. God wouldn’t send Mother Teresa to hell so let’s force Mother Teresa to validate us. Fine example: The issue of have a third restroom for transgenders. No. That might cause them some offence. Great post, Julie.

  7. Bravo! Well said. This gets to the heart of the matter. And it is the deceitful heart which is the problem, after all.

  8. “It’s about whether every human conscience is.”

    Interesting, Julie! I was just studying the photos Pete Buttigieg sent out. Actually Twitter and Facebook seem determined to send them through my feed every two minutes. I found it really curious that he and his guy friend felt it necessary to climb into a hospital bed and pretend as if they were expectant mothers who had just given birth. Naturally the headlines ham this up, “a few weeks after becoming pregnant,” and “proud parents give birth.”

    All this stuff is complete and utter nonsense from a biological standpoint of course. Also, it’s not cute or whimsical. Its actually just really snarky and full of mockery. I wanted to know why! Chuckling here, but I guess I’m a bit slow on the uptake! It wasn’t until I read that sentence you posted that I began to understand. They are mocking our conscience. This is an act of rebellion, defiance, a taunt.

  9. oneta hayes says:

    I see House of Heart responded to you six times after she said she doesn’t correspond with Trumpers. Funny!! This is your blog; doesn’t she know it is a sign of being a good hostess for you to respond to all comments. People who accuse those of us who believe in adoption instead of abortion should check some stats. See who takes care of the living babies who are not wanted. I know you are deeply troubled by her sending you to spam.

  10. Dawn Marie says:

    Can I assume you are enjoying the book recommendation??😉 Sorry for the backwash though. Things quickly escalated, didn’t they?? 🤣🤣 The comments read like an Exorcist’s novel. 🤣🤣

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