Friday, August 29, 2008

Please Research: Circumcision

There are many different issues that parents should research before they make certain decisions about raising their children. We, as parents, must realize that our choices will have a profound impact on our children's lives.

The topic of this post is circumcision. This subject is a very delicate one, because the choice for many is religious. I do not intend any offense to those religions that practice circumcision. However, I must say that I do not agree with it for our time.

Let me explain my own religious point of view on the matter. First off, I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, aka Mormon). I am not sure of any stance the LDS church may take on circumcision, although I believe the church sees it as a personal choice to be agreed upon by the parents. I do know, that the LDS church does not require circumcision as a religious act. This is because circumcision is part of the Mosaic Law. During the time of Moses, circumcision was required to show dedication to God and an acceptance of the Abrahamic covenant. In general, Christians no longer practice the Law of Moses, which was deemed fulfilled after the sacrifice of Christ. This makes circumcision no longer necessary, as dedication is shown in other ways.

Outside of religion, circumcision is done purely for cosmetic purposes. There is disputed research done on circumcision for medical purposes, with no sound evidence. I ask that all parents research this topic and make a fully educated decision as to what is the best route for your son. Is circumcision really needed? Or should your son remain intact?


Brightonwoman said...

Mormon says the "the law of circumcision is done away" (I beleive that's Moroni 8:8). Sounds pretty cut and dried to me!

The Thalman's said...

thanks! I was having a hard time looking up scriptures and doctrine with my little guy squirming on my lap! I really appreciate your input.