Conservative Christian columnist Julie Roys just added a new group to the list of People Who Make God Upset: Surrogate mothers.
Surrogacy also distorts the symbolic significance of sexual union. God designed the union of husband and wife to reflect the unity and love of the Trinity. And children, if and when they are conceived, are meant to reflect the overflow of Triune love. They’re meant to be received by parents as a gift, not manufactured in a test-tube and implanted in a third-party when God’s timing and will doesn’t align with our own.
All this being said, as someone who’s suffered multiple miscarriages, I empathize with those who struggle with infertility. And, I don’t see anything wrong with seeking help for infertility from the medical community. Yet, turning to unnatural and third-party solutions, which violate God’s design, is simply not our prerogative. It usurps God’s authority — and may also reveal a lack of trust in God’s goodness and sovereignty.
There are all sorts of reasons surrogacy makes sense: a woman is physically unable to give birth, or she feels hesitant about having a baby due to her age, or the couple in question is gay. No doubt most Christians can make an equally compelling case for why surrogacy is like God giving you another opportunity to be a parent. Hell, even this Creationist doesn’t dismiss the option entirely.
But I can guess why Roys has a problem with it: Anything that gay couples might use to have a child of their own must be wrong.
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