Recently in Christianity Today, my friend Matt Anderson chastised Christians for their take on contraception. He was reacting to a recent Christian conference where over 60% of people said the church should advocate contraception to singles in order to reduce abortions.
Anderson’s right when he says this puts the church in a position to claim one thing — chastity and morality — while practicing another — pragmatism and promiscuity. It’s treating symptoms and not the disease.
He’s right, but there’s more. The widespread use of contraception for the sake of convenience reveals we’ve forgotten what sex is for. Procreation is a primary purpose of marital sexuality as families are best equipped to teach young people how to be virtuous citizens. We can’t just divorce marriage from child bearing. A robust theology of sexuality teaches not just that sex is good, but why it’s central to the purpose of marriage.