Rebecca Hagelin

From "reality show" stars like Jon and Kate, to politicians, to the folks next door - what we thought were the most solid of marriages are falling apart.

Viewers tuned in to TLC's "Jon and Kate Plus 8" because it gave them hope that it's still possible to have a big, happy family led by a mom and dad who overcome all odds due to their undying commitment to each other. (Now that Jon and Kate are getting divorced, you would think that they, or TLC, or show executives would pull the plug on the program so the children can at least suffer in privacy. But, alas, it seems that everyone is willing to cash-in on exploiting the little lives and hearts as their emotions unfold before a national audience. This is the most disgusting abuse of television we've ever seen. Our own family refuses to sit and gawk as this real-life family emplodes - I hope you will ban the show in your own home too.) Others supported political leaders who we thought would fight to uphold timeless values, including the institution of marriage. Many of us are now feeling a bit sick to our stomachs at revelations of infidelity - and are beginning to wonder if there's any real hope left for this sacrament called marriage.

Our toxic, liberal media culture will tell you that the "old-fashioned" institution of marriage must be abandoned or reinvented with the times. This laissez fare and often hostile attitude feeds the selfishness at the root of all marital ills. Many people now casually shrug their shoulders and decide in advance that if they aren't happy in marriage they will just walk away. It's time to obliterate this cavalier attitude toward the most sacred of relationships.

Marriage is vitally important to both our personal and national health. Consider this stunning trend: in 1950, for every 100 babies that were born in this country, 12 were born to a broken family; today, for every 100 babies that are born in America, 60 are born to a broken family. If we continue along this trajectory, our nation is doomed. The family unit has always been the basic building block of civil society. If you damage the DNA of the family unit, you end up radically changing the nation as a whole, and with tragic consequences. Not least among them are the broken hearts and lives of our children.

Rebecca Hagelin

Rebecca Hagelin is a public speaker on the family and culture and the author of the new best seller, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.
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