Reflections on winning the lottery

A few days ago, I had the privilege of snuggling a 2-day-old baby girl–the first child of two of my good friends. The house was filled with joy as they praised God for this new creation and hurried to swaddle her in a soft blanket while she screamed her lungs out.

I thanked God for a safe birthing, knowing that so many mothers in poor communities don’t survive this event. I smiled at that baby knowing that she never, ever would experience the horrors faced by so many girls around the world. She was born in an American hospital to American parents–she had won the lottery! 

Now, I don’t mean to exalt our country over others or suggest that every person in this world wants to live in America. But I have traveled enough to know that being born in a developed country is a gift from God that should not be taken for granted.

Baby Zoe will never know what it’s like to rise before dawn and walk two hours to collect water for her family. She’ll never fear being given as a bride to a man three times her age, nor will she ever be sold into slavery. She will grow up knowing that it is not OK for a husband to beat his wife, even if she displeases him. She will go to school!

These things are not extraordinary; they are just the way it’s supposed to be. Genesis 3 tells us why our world today is not the way it’s supposed to be–why so many girls and women experience gender-based injustice.

If you are reading this blog, I assume you feel the same way and already are responding to God’s commands to “do justice” (Micah 6:8), to speak up and defend the rights of the poor (Prov. 31:9), to “love your neighbor as yourself” (all over God’s Word). Thank you!

If you’re looking for a way to dive in, one option could be to become part of Poverty 180’s Gender-Based Injustice group. Your $9 donation each month will be set aside for programs that address the injustices Baby Zoe doesn’t know about yet.

FH attacks gender-based injustice at the root by teaching what the Bible says about women and girls.

In Latin America, we see husbands loving their wives and putting an end to generations of domestic abuse. In Africa, we see parents holding onto their 12-year-old daughters, despite the lure of an older man’s dowry. In Asia, we see families rejoicing over the birth of a girl even if society says boys are worth more.

God is at work around the clock, in every time zone, and I like to think we might see an end to some of the problems that plague impoverished girls by the time Baby Zoe becomes a mother. What do you think–is that possible?