New Laws For A New Year

The former regulation is set aside, . . . and a better hope is introduced.

—Hebrews 7:18-19

On trips to the Chinese cities of Shanghai and Macau, I toured two homes owned by China’s first president, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.

Dr. Sun Yat Sen's house in Macau

Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s house in Macau

The Sun Yat Sen house in Shanghai

The Sun Yat Sen house in Shanghai

I also visited the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Museum in Hong Kong. 

At the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Museum in Hong Kong

At the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Museum in Hong Kong

Just months after Sun Yat-Sen took office, he outlawed foot-binding, a practice that began around 1200. Mothers would break the four smallest toes on their daughters’ feet when they were five years old. The feet were bound tightly for the next ten years. This painful process frequently led to infection and even death among young girls. Small feet were difficult to walk on and insured that women remained helpless and dependent on their husbands.

Still, small feet were considered beautiful. Mothers knew that if they didn’t bind their daughters’ feet, they would never find husbands. Dr. Sen’s own mother always walked with a cane because her feet had been bound. He begged his mother not to bind his sister’s feet.

Statue of Dr. Sun Yat Sen in Shanghai

Statue of Dr. Sun Yat Sen in Shanghai

When Yat-Sen banned this practice, women’s lives changed rad­ically. The law was the first step toward women gaining freedom to get an education and to become more involved in the life of their nation.

The former regulation is set aside, . . . and a better hope is introduced.

—Hebrews 7:18-19

 The author of Hebrews describes a law that was changed to allow a man named Melchizedek to become a priest. The new law brought new opportunities for people like Melchizedek to take part in religious life. What new and freeing changes are we being called to make in our lives and in our society? What can we do to support laws in our countries that open rather than close doors for people? 

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