Richard Mourdock’s comment shows us that theology matters

And that the media doesn’t get it.

If you’ve been sleeping for the last couple days, you’ve missed some extensive (though, I sense, short-lived) outrage over comments made by Indiana Republican Richard Mourdock. Speaking on the subject of abortion, he said,

You know, this is that issue that every candidate for federal or even state office faces. And I have to certainly stand for life. I know that there are some who disagree, and I respect their point of view. But I believe that life begins at conception. The only exception I have to have on abortion is in that case — of the life of the mother. I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.

The controversial sentence is the last one, but in my opinion, there is nothing wrong with this comment. Even when bad things happen, God is there bringing good out of them. If you are conceived in a rape, you should still know that God intended for you to be born. That doesn’t mean, dear media, that God, or Richard Mourdock, endorses rape as some kind of moral good. In fact the Bible is loaded with examples in which God uses some evil act to accomplish his good purposes – think of Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers, later to save the nation of Egypt and his own family. “You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good,” he said. But regardless of the God-intended good that came of the situation, selling him into slavery was still an evil act.

But the media, and too many (mostly but not exclusively) Democratic politicians, have jumped all over Murdouch, essentially painting him (and God) as pro-rape (at least if pregnancy results) and wondering how he got so stupid. And while the media coverage has been extravagantly wide, it has not been deep at all. I have seen no indication from mainstream sources that they understand that Christians might believe that God works to bring good out of evil. Even more critically, I have seen no mainstream source ask any Christian politician who has condemned Mourdock if they believe that children conceived in rapes are unfortunate “accidents” or mistakes in the opinion of the deity.

But look right here, theology matters. And the secular world doesn’t understand Christians at all, in many ways.

Edit: TGC posts a similar article this morning.