When I initiate a conversation at Planned Parenthood I never know what it will bring. I certainly wasn’t expecting the response I got recently from a young lady who was leaving PP. As I greeted her and offered the pamphlet in my hand she replied, “Oh, I don’t need that! I can’t get pregnant anymore. I just got fixed.” Reflexively, I blurted out, “Really, what was broken?” Puzzled, she stared back at me. “I’m joking,” I told her and added, “Well, maybe I was half-joking. What do you mean by ‘I just got fixed?’” She told me that she had been sterilized. I replied as gently as I could, “You really have been broken. God made you in such a way that it would be possible for you to produce life, but now, whether you desire to or not, it is impossible. You have not been fixed – you have been broken.”
In retrospect, the words I spoke to her sound harsh. But as I said them I could sense that the truth of what she had done was dawning on her. I went on to share how I had once thought that I would never have more children but that God had changed my mind and heart. We spoke of chastity, marriage, the preciousness of life, the uncertainty of the future, of forgiveness, and of the One who can truly fix what is truly broken.
This conversation brought back into focus something I have been meditating on for some time. Namely, the truism that “words mean things” and the modern phenomenon of using words that don’t correspond to the reality they are disguising; what many euphemistically call euphemisms – what an honest person might call a lie. Consider a few of the following examples I encounter daily:
Planned Parenthood: Where to begin with this lie? If this misguided (euphemism for evil) organization works to implement any plan it certainly has nothing to do with parenthood. Have you ever heard of anyone going to one of their facilities in order to become pregnant? As many bumper stickers have pointed out, a more accurate name would be Banned Parenthood, or Planned Barrenhood, or – well, you get the point. While it must be admitted that planning is necessary, surely some of the most wonderful and meaningful moments in life arise when our plans unfold and occur to us in ways we could never have anticipated. I have read somewhere that surprise is the secret of joy. And parenthood is nothing if not surprising and full of joy. Does anyone ever feel fully prepared to bring new life into this world? I propose that if we were to wait until we felt adequately prepared for the terrifying, trying, and ultimately rewarding vocation called parenthood, the human race would cease to exist. Thankfully, there is a plan for parenthood. And thankfully, Margaret Sanger is not the author. Here it is: One man and one woman united in lifelong, holy matrimony, open to the blessing of children, rejoicing and trusting in the all-wise Author of Life.
Birth Control: The real purpose behind the many concoctions and contraptions that this phrase masks can be summed up succinctly as: No Birth and No Control. Since the undeniable and natural consequence of sexual intercourse (the likely birth of a child) is, by this scheme, virtually eliminated, any need for self-control (chastity) is likewise eliminated. Consequently, the one truly creative act that we can participate in becomes at best a mere selfish pleasure and at worst a destroyer and an idol.
Pro-Choice: This is a meaningless phrase. Who isn’t for choice? God is pro-choice! In fact he commands it (Duet. 30:19). Choosing implies an object, a thing that is chosen. Therefore the real question is not “Are we for choice?” but “What are we choosing?” When a human life is at stake this is a question of ultimate importance. The reality behind the propaganda is that to be Pro-Choice simply means to be Pro-Abortion, which means to be Pro-Death. For the innocent baby it means: No-Choice, No-Birth, and No-Life. For the mother it is: a lie that promises relief from fear only to bring unfathomable sorrow; a lie that offers the assurance of freedom only to enslave in profound guilt.
These are just a few examples of ways that the Father of Lies is at work today. But be encouraged, beloved. As we take every thought captive to obedience in Christ and apply the truth, the lies crumble. He sets the captives free. There is no losing this battle unless we fail to fight. Darkness is only the absence of light.
From Thy precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Psalm 119:104