“And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. “It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. “It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.” (Luke 17:26-30 NASB)
What a strange time we live in. Western culture has declined so rapidly in the last fifty years that I don’t think it can compare with any other time period in history. Within the span of two or three generations, our culture has gone from one of solid family values with a majority of citizens claiming Christianity as their faith and actually attending services weekly to a place where people may even be reluctant to express their faith in public.
The moral decline is increasingly at a break-neck rate. In this article we read how the Federal Communications Commission is planning to allow more nudity on television and to remove the ban on swear words. That means there is already nudity on free television and they want to allow more. And the removal of the strong language ban is pretty much the last barrier to a complete removal of barriers in broadcasting. In what world do we come to the conclusion that allowing risqué and off-color behavior on over the air television has actually improved our culture? Long gone are the days of The Cosby Show or The Fresh Prince of Bel Air where solid family units were promoted and irresponsible behavior mocked. Today, adultery, sorcery, vampires, cage fights, and reality shows filled with people who willingly prostrate themselves before “judges” in the hopes of fifteen minutes of fame are all the rage. These reality-tv “judges” aren’t the righteous kind nor are they the black robed secular judges who are supposed to impartially apply the law, oh no. These “judges” are most often people of horrible personal repute who have had numerous public scandals.
This next article illustrates the demise of the family unit incredibly well, likely without meaning to. Two in five women, 40%, would consider willfully having a child without a “partner”. I encourage the reader to search this article to find the word “husband”. It’s not there. Nope, now that marriage is considered optional and is in the process of being artificially “hyphenated”, the word “partner” is being substituted for “spouse” or “husband and wife” in our media. Lovely.
Our society is in the process of reaping the “benefits” that the cultural downturn has sewn with huge divorce rates creating broken homes, dual-income families raising children with an off-the-chart sense of entitlement, teens having babies who go on to have babies as teens, and welfare programs exploding as a result of all of this depraved behavior. What’s the next logical step? Single-parent households on purpose. Since the declination we have experienced thus far is working out so well, why wouldn’t we accelerate the destruction of the family? (Yes, that was a sarcastic and rhetorical question.)
The article references a survey that 36% of children were born to single mothers which is an increase from 31% in 2005. But nowhere does the article outline the reality of single motherhood in the USA for the majority of women who fall into this predicament. In fact, it cites anecdotal evidence from a few successful and educated women over thirty who have jobs that compensate them well and allow them the flex time to balance both job and child. It leaves out the stats on how many black children are born out of wedlock and that a full 50% of black children live without a father in the house. It leaves out how many high-school and young adult aged women (girls) become pregnant and have to lean on their parents (if they have any) for support. It also leaves out that the vast majority of women raising children on their own are on government assistance, falling into a trap of complete dependence upon the government, which is a modern-day form of slavery. What does it include? This tid-bit
“And this was true especially among mothers who waited until age 30 or older to have children. Fully 47 percent of those mothers said having a child had a negative impact on their careers. Of women overall, 32 percent of mothers reported a negative effect, compared with 10 percent of men.”
The survey question asked was “did the kid negatively impact your career?” What about “did your career negatively impact raising your child?” or “do you wish you had spent more time with your children and less at the office?” The prophet Isaiah famously wrote, “woe to them who call evil good and good evil” in reference to the topsy-turvy values the world will have at the end of days. That line right there fits the prophecy. If you read on in the article, the anecdotally cited career-mom actually says, paraphrasing, that now her child is two, she will be able to get back on her “a game”. What game did she bring to RAISING THE TODDLER FOR TWO YEARS, pray tell?
The single mom they cite who actually regrets single motherhood has to have the obligatory relativist comment that if others want to do it, that’s fine, it’s just not for her. Well, I’ll make the politically incorrect statement: It’s not right and it’s a recipe for disaster. People, stop having children out of wedlock and before you can afford to support them! It’s wrecking our country!
I got to visit my niece and two nephews recently that I haven’t seen in about seven years. They are high-school and young adult aged. Since we live far away, I don’t have a relationship with them and don’t know how much they have been taught about the sad reality of our modern culture. They were wonderful to be around, polite, upbeat, and very nice to my children who are much younger. They’re great kids. I thought long and hard about what to say to them when we parted company. If I could just impart one or two sentences that might get stick. One or two sentences that could have the most dramatic positive influence in their lives at this crucial juncture as they begin to enter Babylon on their own, what could I say? This is what I came up with:
“No sex before marriage. No marriage until your career is at least on its way. No kids until you can afford to raise them properly.”
I pray it is enough. As society continues its slide, we need to remember to live like the there is a tomorrow. Many people who lived in the Civil War times thought it was the end. Many people who lived during the two world wars thought it was the end, and with Hitler coming to such power in Europe who could blame them? During the cold war, many people believed that armageddon was just a couple button pushes away (and it was). Granted, during those wars we did not witness a collapse of family values and the family structure, but this is not the first time mankind has witnessed birth pangs. Whether it is the last time or not, we need to live right, be good examples and teach our children proper values. It will make their lives much better in this life and help them gain access to life eternal.