With such pervasive prejudice, is it any wonder that a Beltway Insider/confused grandmother would defend her political party’s agenda by blurting out the sad truth of how far our country has strayed from God’s purposes and intentions: the complete devaluation of children in our country?

But consider: Do we really want to join the train of European nations whose “sophisticated” choices have resulted in birth rates well below replacement level, leaving the steadily-aging citizenry staggering under the problems of declining populations?  Sample headlines:

Graying of Europe brings ailments for government, business

The Severe Impact of Europe’s Declining Birth Rate  

A Germany Without Children 

Population Paradox: Europe’s Time Bomb  

For a population to maintain the same level, the replacement birthrate is defined as 2.1.  At 1.34, Japan has one of the lowest birthrates in the world, but it is taking action to change course.  Ironically, the same week Madame Speaker was urging preventing babies to boost the US economy, Japan was sending its workers home early hoping that the nine-month-later dividends might boost their own. 

Japan has obviously figured out what Madame Speaker and those of her political persuasion have not: that children are not just burdens, not just consumers, not just a cost factor. We grow up to be producers, creators, capitol-builders. It’s just a matter of logic, the non-toxic variety.

We may not be where Japan is, but we are already well on our way.  Recent census data reveals that not only is the US fertility rate and pregnancy rate dropping, but that 20 percent of American women between 40-44 are childless - twice the rate 30 years ago. 

We’ve come a long way, babies! A long way from the days when America fell in love with an irresistible little girl of whom Paul Harvey said, “Nobody could have persuaded a generation to produce a baby boom--yet Shirley Temple movies made every couple want to have one.” 

With those Baby Boomers now headed into their 60s after their Have It Your Way! heyday – and after choosing to dispose of one fourth of the next generations – they are now demanding to live longer and better with greater support, leaving the question of who will pay for it all.

If there ever was a moment to understand that children are our greatest resource, perhaps now is the time. When all is said and done, the children we raise matter more than the houses we’ve lived in, the cars we’ve driven and the money we’ve saved.

But God already told us this:

In vain you rise early
       and stay up late,
       toiling for food to eat—
       for he grants sleep to those he loves.

 Sons are a heritage from the LORD,
       children a reward from him.

 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
       are sons 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 enemies in the gate.

~ Psalm 127:2-5