Herodias knew the kind of carnal shame that is intuitive for women, one to which men may well be oblivious. Like Lady Macbeth, she resorted to violence to force her husband to see her shame. In the 80 years since the first Christian church body allowed the use of contraception for married couples (Lambeth, 1930), we have seen study after study about the ill effects of birth control on everything from a woman's long term health, to her choice of marital (or not) partners -- extending even to widespread effects on the natural environment because of the flood of hormones being flushed down our toilets on a continual basis.
In the face of this unnatural practice, women are resorting to violence (abortion, unilateral divorce) to place their shame before the face of their husbands and paramours. And yet our pastors rarely preach on this, our elders rarely teach us about the evils of contraception. Is it ever mentioned in marital counseling? Ever counseled against in marriage preparation classes?
Our pastors and elders must not shy away from excising the shame -- for only then can repentance and true reconciliation be effected.
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