Our contemporary moral presumption, which gives consenting adults the right to enjoy sex that is not sold as a commodity, expresses a secular understanding of the Christian teaching that in morality we should be guided by our conscience.
The Christian gospel is not a new set of laws, but a call to faithful living. The New Testament emphasizes the freedom of Christians rather than the laws of God. Christian scripture and the teachings of the Reformed churches support the choices of celibacy and marriage in the church, as ways of serving God. Adultery and sexual promiscuity are clearly rejected both by Christian scripture and the teaching of the church, as a misuse of human passion that separates men and women from God and from one another.
Sex where there is no love separates us from God and one another. Christians have long affirmed that love, which reflects the commitment of Christ to the church, may be expressed physically between a man and a woman in marriage. Now Christians are called to recognize that abiding love may also bind a man to another man and a woman to another woman.
Christians who support the right of conscience need not argue that abortion is right rather than wrong, or good rather than bad, but only that the right of privacy of a pregnant woman, as limited by Roe and Casey, should be respected. Believing that freedom is central to God’s purpose, Christians may affirm that in the circumstances described by Roe and Casey the profound moral choices confronting a woman are between her and God.