Several times I’ve talked here about gendercide, the overwhelming trend of parents in parts of the developing world to abort baby girls and keep baby boys. This is a clear denial of the dignity of women, but they’re not the only victims.
Gendercide results when children are evaluated based on economic concerns rather than intrinsic value. For example, in traditional Chinese culture, a son was responsible to care for his parents as they aged while a daughter would join her husband’s family. So for parents, a son provides financial security, while a daughter would drain resources with no long-term financial benefit. In India, girls are expected to provide a dowry when they marry, adding to the impression that they aren’t as valuable.
Since the days when the early church saved the baby girls the Roman pagans discarded, Christianity has brought human dignity to cultures. Let’s pray our brothers and sisters around the world can do it again. And don’t forget, we’ve got work to do here too. For the Point, I’m John Stonestreet.