Reviewing Social Policies
Today is Earth Day: a time when society’s leaders urge us to recommit to being good stewards of the earth and environment. It is a necessary and wise challenge; our careless use of God’s creation is wrong.
So is our practice of aborting babies.
If God values sparrows and grass, He also values people – many who can’t tell their right hands from their left. What might He think of our complicity in a culture that eliminates its unborn children, or ignores the poor? (Proverbs 24:11-12) (Earth Day Reminds us to be Good Stewards)
The social engineering policy of selecting males over females, and limiting the size of families has born bitter fruit reported in an article in the Washington Post, on Earth Day, 2018.
Nothing like this has happened in human history. A combination of cultural preferences, government decree and modern medical technology in the world’s two largest countries has created a gender imbalance on a continental scale. Men outnumber women by 70 million in China and India.
The consequences of having too many men, now coming of age, are far-reaching: Beyond an epidemic of loneliness, the imbalance distorts labor markets, drives up savings rates in China and drives down consumption, artificially inflates certain property values, and parallels increases in violent crime, trafficking or prostitution in a growing number of locations. (Too Many Men.)
Heart breaking – terrifying – tragic: The cost of social engineering.
But, we meant well, right?
See the overview of what we thought would help save the world:
Village life and mental health. . . . Stagnant lives
Housing prices and savings rates. . . . The desperate effort to land a bride
Human trafficking. . . . Importing a bride
Public safety. With the increase in men has come a surge in sexual crime in India and concerns about a rise in other crimes in both countries. Harassment of schoolgirls in India has in some towns sparked an effort to push back — but at a cost of restricting them to more protected lives. Taking a stand over harassment
How can we get out the hole we are digging?
This morning, on the one day set aside for awakening us to the work of caring for the earth, let’s wake up and see our most valuable assets: human beings, men and women, created in His image to be the stewards of this wonderful world. Let’s ask His forgiveness and help! (Isaiah 65)