The Need for Human Control
In the era of Postmodernity, no one facet of the humanized culture has been more accepted, more revered, and yet has caused more damage than the quest for human control. The human mind desires to be in control of everything, from creation and sustenance, to degradation and death. The quest for control has driven many a man to his wits end and several to an early grave. “Perhaps nowhere is this sense of human control more evident than in reproductive technologies” (Hollinger p. 96). The influence and implications for Christian ethics that man’s need for control is having is the reduction of God as the world’s Sovereign. If one desires to have children and cannot, they hurry off to a fertility clinic. Likewise, if one is pregnant and desires not to be, they hurry off to an abortion clinic. No one trusts God’s will and His plan for their lives.
We live in this era of Postmodernity as if God has somehow lost control over the world and the people in it. A positive feature to man’s determination to control everything is that one no longer has the grounds to blame God for his dilemma. I think this may make seeing God’s grace in this era much easier than, perhaps, in past eras of history. Romans 5:20 tells us that “Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (KJV). The Church should respond to this issue in love and grace, rather than judgment and boasting. One thing Postmodernity has going for it is that it hungers for community. Think of all the social media floating around today. We must remember that we are instruments of God’s love and grace. When we, the Church, can show love for our enemies and accept them in the sight of God, we extend the tender mercies of our loving Abba, Father. Jesus clearly expresses such practices in Matthew 5:44-45 where he says “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (NKJV).
Hollinger, Dennis P. Choosing the Good: Christian Ethics in a Complex World. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2002. Print.