From Jim O'Brien
May 24, 2019

Where Have All the Children Gone?

Hi Friend,

Scrolling through the pages of yesterday's news my eyes fell on the story of the closing of a once profitable store that shut its doors in 2018. Toys R Us and Babies R Us were once iconic children's stores with 735 locations in the U.S. but they've been discarded like so much gypsum on the beach. Their colorful signs were once magnets for the happy eyes of children across America buckled in the car seats of a soccer mom's minivan.

What happened? How could such a mainstay of our culture close?

Among the multitude of reasons there is one reality more frightening than any other-there aren't enough children being born to support such a store.

The irony of all this is that while baby stores are closing animal stores are booming. The increase in new pet stores opening in malls and shopping centers is nearly as apparent as the proliferation of new Starbucks.

The first command God gave to mankind was to "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it." (Gen. 1:28) The same command was repeated to the children of Noah in Genesis 9 after the flood destroyed the rest of humanity. In both cases God gave man dominance over beasts that normally could take human life.

The message was clear. God wanted the human race to multiply and any threat to man would be defended by God himself. Years later this blessing was demonstrated when David, a man after God's own heart, faced a bear and then a lion and killed each with his bare hands.

God has consistently protected life and encouraged the population to increase. The exception to this is when evil men threaten to destroy life. In fact, one of the chief reasons for the devastation described in the Book of Revelation is "to destroy those who destroy the earth." (Rev. 11:19) It's hard to believe that people exist who are so bent on killing that they wish to annihilate the human race. But it's hard to read those words any other way.

If we need more convincing evidence, look at the vicious attacks by pro-abortion advocates against prolife marchers.

The claim of overpopulation has been perhaps the biggest deception of modern history. Demographers have pointed out that the world population is just over 7 billion people. If each person were given a 33' x 33' plot of ground they would all fit in a state the size of Texas. Given an average four-person family, every family would have a 66' x 66' plot of land. That would still leave the rest of the earth empty.

We don't all want to live in Texas but it is only a tiny portion of the habitable earth. This planet is more than adequate to support a larger population.

Thomas Malthus began the fear mongering by writing An Essay on the Principal of Population which reasoned that human reproduction was exponential while food production was limited. This twisted logic meant that the production of food could not keep pace with the rapid increase in population which would result in worldwide famine.

In his sense of moral superiority Malthus advocated the starvation of poor people to diminish the population. It was a Darwinian delusion that viewed the poor as inferior. His proposal solved several problems by simultaneously eradicating weaker human beings, relieving the population crisis and solving potential food shortages. His theory ultimately influenced the British to pass laws making it a crime to feed the poor.

Malthus even advocated that medical treatment should be denied to poor people.

There is yet a larger irony-are you ready? Thomas Malthus was a minister. Malthus convinced himself that there was a theological basis for killing the poor. He believed he was preaching the Gospel.

Maybe that should not be surprising. There are sincere people advocating the death of unborn babies. Not just one or two but multiple millions. They believe they have achieved the higher moral ground by murdering the helpless and innocent.

The problem with Thomas Malthus, an English cleric, was a refusal to trust the Creator. His fear that creation was inadequate to sustain itself overcame his faith in the One who designed all things.

Once again we return to the Book of Genesis. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil is an iconic description of human intelligence. Man has a proclivity to deceive himself into believing that the morals of man are superior to the morals of God. But, so did Lucifer-and he existed in the third heaven at the throne of God. Maybe that's why God gave us the warning of the two trees.

Until next time,

Jim O'Brien