Did you know that in India girls are still left to die? Some are allowed to starve within the family circle because the family prefers to have sons, and a girl is just one more mouth to feed. Did you know that some families choose to feed the boys first?
“First the husband is seated and fed, then the brothers and then whatever is left is fed to the girls,” says Bandil.
My heart broke over this story. How can a family starve their baby simply because that baby is a girl? We have not progressed very far when we see stories of this kind.
In India, little girls are allowed to starve to death while the boys in the family are fed. Girl fetuses may be aborted.
In China, it is only the little girls who are adopted to be taken from their country and raised in a foreign land. Girl fetuses may be aborted.
In some African countries, girls are genitally mutilated.
In some Muslim countries, girls are made to marry before they are ten years old, and girls know that they may share a husband with 3 other women. In some cases girls will begin covering their heads and their bodies while they are still children.
My heart cries!
Pastor, don’t you understand that you are buying into this same mindset when you deny your female church members the right to be a deacon, or a pastor, or when you tell your female church members that they are to be under the authority or leadership of a male?
Pastor, don’t you see that you are treating women the same way that these countries are treating women? You are making yourself better than women simply because you were born a male.
Pastor, don’t you know that you are denying the women in your church these things simply because they were born a female?
Church leaders, how dare you foster this second-class citizenship upon all women!
Church members, wake up! Wake up! Look around you. See what is going on. How can you sit still while your daughters are left unfed, unfulfilled, and are treated this way by your churches and church leaders.
Won’t you join me in speaking up for girls – in your church, and in your family, and to everybody that you can.