By Bruce A. Reichel
American professional athletes and entertainers show off their live-in lovers, brag about children born out of wedlock, and flaunt using drugs without losing one ounce of popularity.
We now face the outlandish prospect of same-sex marriages, which some would foist upon us as normal marriage. Homosexuality is socially correct, although Scripture clearly condemns it in both Testaments (Lev. 18:22,20:13, Rom. 1:24-27). (According to some liberal theologians, the sin for which Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed was not homosexuality, but inhospitality. How long will it be before some of our liberal brothers take up this trick?)
Babies, sometimes alive, are found in dumpsters. The mothers are, more often than not, children themselves. Naturalistic evolution, taught children in the public schools, is a result of the humanist philosophy, that is, atheism. If we are the product of blind chance, then a woman can do what she wants with the fruit of her womb. There is no moral law. We would not punish a chimpanzee or a skunk for destroying its young. If there is no God, there is no absolute right or wrong.
Mr. M. Stanton Evans in his book, The Theme Is Freedom, makes the point that religion and freedom are inexorably linked. When we separate church from state, we run the risk of losing freedom. The freedom and rights of all individuals, as the founding fathers knew, come from God and not government. "All men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator."
Another interesting book comes from Dr. Laura Schlesinger, a clinical psychologist and popular radio talk show host. She advocates parents raising their own children instead of dumping them at the local day-care center. Day-care facilities provide a total stranger to play parent for most of a child's waking hours each day.
What a novel idea Dr. Schlesinger has! The parents, after conceiving and bringing the children into the world, take the responsibility of rearing them. Further, she suggests that parents plan the family, including the birth of children. She advocates parents arranging their academic pursuits, employment, vacations, and social activities around the children, so that the child's welfare takes priority. What a radical approach! We will have to wait and see if it's a keeper.
There are instances where a single parent must make arrangements due to the death of a spouse or other unfortunate circumstances to have help in taking care of children. Still, children fare better when raised in a conventional two-parent home where the child has the love and attention of both parents.
Our society has made no-fault divorce all the rage. Never mind that the Bible is clear on marriage being a lifetime commitment (Gen 2:24; Mark 10:6-8). The Bible is also clear on the only scriptural grounds for divorce and remarriage (Matt. 5:32; Matt. 19:9). Commitment in marriage now plays second fiddle to convenience, and there is no longer a stigma to divorce.
In another book recently published, titled Life Without Father, the author shows children, especially boys, raised without a father, are statistically more likely to commit violent crimes, and, without male guidance, are more likely to have serious social problems. Again, we salute those noble men and women who because of things beyond their control must single-handedly provide for their young ones, but not even they would describe this as the best situation.
It does not "take a village" to raise responsible and moral children. It takes the old-fashioned biblical principles of parenting and child-rearing. "And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."