The news of China stopping its one-child policy seems a cause for celebration to anyone who is pro-life. The policy of population control has been in place for nearly 40 years and has killed millions of children. It has left a nation bereft of a generation to take their people into the future, and now they are scrambling to recreate their loss of human resources. God has stopped this atrocity, and that is truly a reason to celebrate. However, the motives and facts behind the change is mind boggling and sad.
After 35 years and untold millions of babies aborted, China has agreed to end its one-child policy and allow all couples to have two children in order to “balance population development” and “address the challenge of an aging population,” according to Xinhua News Agency.
The Communist Party’s central committee made the decision this week in a meeting about China’s five-year development. In 2013, the government agreed that couples could have two children if one parent was an only child. Yet due to decades of family-planning propaganda and economic deterrents to having children, only 12 percent of eligible couples decided to have a second child.
The Chinese government has finally realized that their population control policy has backfired. China is a nation of elderly people with no younger generation to care for them. The nearly four decades of government propaganda has left the nation’s couples gun-shy: they are afraid to have more than one child because they fear poverty and having a lower standard of living.
What is horrifying about this policy is that it is based on lies that are the exact opposite of what God teaches in His word. The words of Psalm 127 are the antithesis of China’s one-child policy:
Psalm 127:3-5 (NIV)
Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents in court.
The idea of children being a blessing to a family is in no way present in the Chinese mentality. The Chinese culture has been brainwashed to believe that professional success and worldly comforts are more important than caring for their elderly and leaving behind a legacy to future generations.
Now that the Chinese government has realized they are in a bind, they must retrain their culture enough to encourage population growth to start again. But it will take decades to turn back the minds of the people to make them open to procreation. Apart from a real change of heart among the leadership and the people, China’s future is doomed without a commitment to improving the human resources of the nation. God has started change with bringing the one-child policy to an end. Now, we must pray that He will change hearts and minds to embrace life and the giving of life to future generations.