Many people accept the concept of “limited resources” and “overpopulation” without much thought–but what are the implications of these ideas–and are these ideas true?
This morning as I listened to the radio on my drive to work, a news clip came on about Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and Pro-Life policies. I turned up the volume to have a good listen, but I found myself disturbed and grieved.
Not only is Obama working to overturn Pro-Life policies in the U.S. as a matter of “reproductive health care”, but his priorities in foreign policy are set clearly to overturn Pro-Life policies around the world!
Now why would this man do such a thing?
It’s because of assumptions about resources and poverty. If the root problem of poverty stems back to overpopulation because we have limited resources, then the solution is simple – less people should equal more prosperity.
A quick study, however, will show that we know know know that this is not the case. Prosperity is almost entirely based on worldview (this includes beliefs about the physical world, mankind, and work).
Or, if one were to say that this had anything to do with women’s rights and empowerment – why not look to India where infanticide is practiced so widely? Is this empowerment? Valuing all of life from conception and understanding responsibility. This is what will create a healthy society.
-Tim C. Williams
For further reading on the issue of resources, see Chapter 2 of Discipling Nations on Worldview and Poverty or create a free account, download, and read “The Excuses” in Against All Hope: Hope for Africa.
I’ll conclude with a powerful reflection from President Obama himself, at the recent Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony:
“It is the grimmest of ironies that one of the most savage, barbaric acts of evil in history began in one of the most modernized societies of its time, where so many markers of human progress became tools of human depravity: science that can heal, used to kill; education that can enlighten, used to rationalize away basic moral impulses; the bureaucracy that sustains modern life, used as the machinery of mass death, a ruthless, chillingly efficient system where many were responsible for the killing, but few got actual blood on their hands.”