Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.
Ask any secularist liberal the solution to just about any societal ill and the answer is alarmingly the same.
What to do now that we're faced with the Zika virus? More contraception and abortion.
What to do about poverty? Contraception and abortion.
Genetic abnormalities in infants? Abortion.
Global warming or climate change? Contraception and abortion.
Healthcare for everyone? Make sure it includes free contraception and abortion, and hey, let's make Catholic institutions pay for it too.
Crime? Abortion and contraception. Don't believe me? Freakonomics would differ.
World hunger? Illiteracy? Women's equality? Abortion and contraception.
If dead and missing babies are the cure for everything, why is the world still so bad? According to the World Health Organization, there are up to 50 millions abortions every year in the world. This is approximately 136,000 abortions per day. Is that not enough? If not, what's our goal number? If death were the answer, we should be living in utopia already.
Here's the thing, when your answer to every question is always the same, you should probably question yourself. Truly, if your answer to every problem is the same, the answer might just be that you are the problem.
I believe that generally, men should run from those who seek to help Man in general. I have found it to be true that those who speak most often about loving "MAN" don't seem particularly fond of actual people.
The answer to every societal ill, according to secularist liberals, is death or at least the prevention of life. Partly, this is true because they believe that the way to win elections is to scream about abortion and contraception. But the other part is that according to many modern day secularists, the main problem at the heart of all problems is simply too many people. According to their logic, the less people you have the less of a problem you have. You want to cut poverty in half, you don't need more food, you just need less poor people. There's logic for you.
For the Christian, the answer is love. Jesus calls us to love one another fully, not see people as a means to an end. You see, to the modern secularist, world hunger doesn't mean that we need to share our food or promote liberty. No, it just means we need less hungry people. Jesus said that the poor will always be with us. Secularists want to do their best to make sure that doesn't happen.
And what to do about genetic abnormalities? Work for a cure? No. The answer is to snuff them out in the womb, right? In the case of Down Syndrome, the rise in the number of cases is directly related to the contraception culture. According to the CDC, older mothers are more likely to have a baby affected by Down syndrome than younger mothers. But our culture pushes contraception on young people who sometimes wait and wait to have children and then attempt to become pregnant when they're older. And when they learn there's a chance that their child in the womb may have Down Syndrome they are pushed to abort and often do. So in that case, you have a societal issue where contraception and abortion are both partially the cause and their alleged cure.
We are called to love, not use individuals as part of a macro-solution. We are called to feed the hungry, not make sure that poor people don't have children who need to be fed. We're called to love all children and accept them, not ensure that they're not born. We are called to treat the planet as a gift from God, not treat human beings like parasitical inconveniences. We are called to treat each gender as equal but that doesn't mean pushing contraception and abortion. Full equality among the genders can only occur when pregnancy and children are not treated as preventable diseases.
In short, we are called to comfort the afflicted, not to eradicate the afflicted.