What are the defining sins of American culture? What lies at the heart of our moral degradation?
To me anyway, it seems quite obvious. The most horrific, twisted, and shockingly common sin in America is the sin of abortion. We rarely think about it. Like a parasite, it numbs the entryway so we don’t even notice its presence. When we stop to consider for a minute how it has become a regular practice in our society to destroy the most innocent human life, we can do little but pray for mercy.
We are living amidst the greatest holocaust in human history, and it’s not even close. It is striking that a thing so obviously satanic could enter so smoothly into our daily lives. The chilling mockery of Christ’s sacrifice that we can see in the pro-abortion slogan is enough to convince me that abortion is the Devil’s masterpiece. “This is my body,” they say.
I might also posit the sin of pornography as a closely related candidate. These two evils are actually deeply intertwined in ways that we shouldn’t ignore. Can we really fight abortion without fighting porn? I’m not so sure, and here are two reasons why.
First: the sins are obviously related in that they both reduce human sexuality to a mere pleasure function. Porn users declare with their actions (and often their words) that sex is for pleasure and it has nothing to do with genuine human relationships, let alone children. Abortion advocates are really saying the very same thing. The child that results from sex is a mere inconvenience. Abortion clears the way and allows for uninhibited access to the pleasure which the culture puts forth to be the true benefit of sex. This similarity on its own is important, but there’s something else even more crucial that nobody seems to be talking about.
Women are the ones choosing abortions, and men (largely) are the ones choosing pornography. If we look at the problem from the lens of these two groups, something comes to light. It seems to me that women choose abortion, and they’re able to justify it, because men were already doing a very similar thing. Notice how the problem has seemingly become about men vs. women? Pro-abortion advocates talk about “women’s rights,” and they argue men have no legitimate say in the debate.
Maybe this is because men, through the widespread use of pornography, have been telling women that their total value is the value of their body for a long time. They aren’t unique, human individuals, with divine worth. They aren’t really persons, it’s an image on a screen. They’re just a clump of cells…
Maybe pro-lifers need to start talking more about pornography. Would women view them differently then?