One of the disturbing trends we see in modern culture is the growing number of single parent families. This usually involves a single woman raising multiple children, although there are a few men who are taking on this role. The reason this is a problem is not because single parents are evil people but because our social spokesmen are glorifying this condition to the point of making it normal. Remember the hoopla over Murphy Brown. It is not normal and it is not healthy.
American Middle Class Morality (MCM) says that children are best raised in a home that has a father and a mother. Obviously there are single parents who are doing a good job. There are also people running in marathons who have artificial legs. More power to them, but it is not the best way to do the job. The problem is not being a single parent but how you become a single parent. MCM is based on Christian morality that calls certain types of behavior sin and praises other behavior.
There are two major causes of children being raised by single parents. Both are against the standards God has given us. The first is the modern mantra pushing sex outside or marriage. Whether it is sex education beginning in kindergarten, advertising that stimulates lust, movies and TV that glorify momentary physical gratification or just pure selfishness, if you believe that sex is to be reserved for marriage you are labeled as a fool and a bigot. The Biblical standard is clear.
(Hebrews 13:4 NAS77) Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.When a society embraces this standard they have the foundation they need. When it is ignored, things start to fall apart.
The second major cause is divorce. Easy divorce is rampant. The percentages are scary no matter how you interpret them. The ones who suffer the most are the children. Again, God condemns divorce.
(Malachi 2:16 NAS77) "For I hate divorce," says the LORD, the God of Israel, "and him who covers his garment with wrong," says the LORD of hosts. "So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously."When we encourage easy divorce and mock God’s standard we are digging our cultural graves in addition to destroying our own lives. When we allow our feelings or convenience to establish how we live we lose the long range considerations that give a chance at success.
Viva la middle class morality.
To be continued...
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