The Anti-Trinity of Our Time: You can’t defeat abortion by focusing on abortion
Yes, Roe is finally defeated and that’s a good thing. But this battle against prenatal genocide isn’t won through a court decision. Ironically, it’s not even won by trying to defeat abortion. How can it be defeated? Let’s go beneath the surface.
How many abortion supporters do you know are against premarital sex? None? That’s because there’s a link between the 5th and 6th commandments. Once the truth and beauty of sex is profaned, the natural reverence and awe for human procreation is obscured. In other words, disrespect for sex invariably leads to disrespect for its natural end, human life.
This became evident in the 1960s and 70s with one formerly Christian nation falling after another, including our own. On the societal level, we saw that once fornication becomes morally accepted, abortion is soon to follow.
The problem for a people so immersed in a fornication society such as ours is that it seems unfathomable not to have abortion as a safety net. That’s why you see fear mixed in with the anger of post-Roe pro-abort protesters. Once a society accepts the sin of premarital sex as a norm, abortion is deemed necessary, while offspring become the enemy. Premarital sex not only defiles marriage, shatters hearts, robs women of their self-esteem, and leads to many other problems – it also obscures the mind to moral truth.
Nonetheless, fornication and abortion are just two of the three elements that constitute the anti-life, anti-Trinity of our time. The third is actually the first, inasmuch as it first enables a fornication culture to exist, which in turn demands an abortion culture. That foundational element, inaugurating and upholding the sexual revolution, is contraception.
The contraceptive mentality portrays the conceived child as a “mistake” that needs “fixing,” not an unrepeatable image of God who will live forever, possessing invaluable worth and dignity.
A brief history sees that before the 1930s, every Christian denomination condemned contraception as a moral crime against nature and against God. Even in the 1960s, most of American society still considered sex and marriage to be sacred and inseparable. Before the sexual revolution, premarital sex was something only prostitutes and a relatively few “loose” women would consider. Women intuitively knew that, in a post-Eden world where original sin created a chasm between reason and the passions in human nature, they were to be the guardians of chastity. Abortion, therefore, was never mentioned, and divorce was something you heard about only through Hollywood tabloids.
Respect for the fact that sexual union fuses two persons into one flesh while potentially creating a third, was, at least subconsciously, part of the cultural mentality and zeitgeist of the time. That, however, was before the invention of the “birth control” pill.
The pill led to the de-linking of sex from procreation and sex from marriage. When that happens, perversion has no boundary or limit, as we have seen.
The universal pattern is simple: Popularizing contraception leads to fornication, which in turn leads to abortion. These are the three foundational sins of our culture of death, one logically following from the other and intrinsically linked as one.
This is why you can never end abortion by trying to end abortion. You must first win the chastity battle. This necessarily means defeating abortion's two pillars, contraception and fornication, before abortion itself will fall. Only if that happens will most abortion supporters be able to think clearly again, and see the reality and horror of prenatal murder.
It’s a very tall order in today’s post-Christian society. But ending our culture of death and saving civilization depends on it. There is no short cut.
Lastly, these points all reflect that, as images of God, love and family are a reflection of God’s Trinitarian nature. In the Blessed Trinity, the Son is eternally begotten of the Father, and the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. Likewise, in the anti-life, anti-Trinity of our day, the fornication culture is begotten of contraception, and the abortion culture proceeds from both. Further, and this is very important, like the Blessed Trinity, this anti-trinity cannot be separated. Contraception, fornication and abortion are an undivided unity of evil – triune death in the face of Triune Life.
You may want to ponder this as you consider your future pro-life evangelization and activities.