A story recently came to my attention that is happening in my home state of Kentucky. Apparently there are some folks who have made the choice to keep their children ignorant in exchange for money. Yes you heard me correctly.
There is a government program called Supplemental security income and it will pay approximately 698$ a month for each child you have that is deemed to have an intellectual disability until the child turns 18. While I am not necessarily against someone in need being helped what I am against is the lengths some of these parents are willing to go in order to secure these checks.
Some parents involved in this government program have gone as far as to remove their children from literacy classes for fear of losing their monthly check. If their children learn how to read and write they will no longer qualify for the government check. After all 698$ per child every month can go quite a long way for a family in need. My question is “Is this a form of child sacrifice? Are these parents sacrificing their children to the god of government?”
When I first heard this story I immediately thought of the Old Testament stories of child sacrifice. Of course I realize child sacrifice involved the actual killing of children but in principle is this not the same thing? Are people willing to sacrifice their child’s future for a measly check? How many of these children after reaching the age of 18 do you think will go and continue their education? I would venture to say most of them will just become government dependent adults.
In no way am I writing this in order to be political or go on a rant, but when I heard this I couldn’t help but think about how our government is too involved sometimes. What may have started out as a good program has deteriorated into dependence on the government. When you are dependent on an entity or person other than God isn’t that an idol? From my vantage point these parents are sacrificing their children for money.
If you want to read the whole article just check out the New York Times Sunday review
Written by Louie