Where do children best learn to be loyal, honest, dependable, generous, and selfless? Where are they most likely to develop a sense of identity, security, confidence and joy? Where are they safest? In what setting are they most likely to achieve academic success and enjoy financial stability? Where do they have the greatest likelihood to be free from a life of alcohol or drug abuse? Where are the healthiest in every single way?
In a loving, intact family unit, with a mother and father who are married to each other and committed to their marriage for life.
The overwhelming majority of the societal problems that we are so desperate to fix through massive government programs, huge expenditures of tax money, and a criminal justice system, could have been avoided in the first place had men and women been more responsible in their personal lives.
Because America has become a land where divorce is rampant, “living together” is acceptable, out-of-wedlock births are common, and even the very definition of marriage is being redefined, America – even with all its affluence, material goods and modern conveniences- has created a generation of children at risk.
All the counseling, programs and money in the world can never come close to replacing the impact that faith and commitment to marriage have on the developing hearts, souls, and minds of our little ones. The Nanny-State is no substitute for a loving mom. Food stamps cannot buy the long-term security of having a loving father. Therapy can’t possibly fill the void in our hearts designed for a loving God who longs to fill us with his peace.
Yet, America keeps putting band-aids on deep wounds and broken spirits. Until we address the root of our social and cultural illnesses, we will always suffer from them – and our children will suffer most.
This is not rocket science. It is not magic. Creating an atmosphere that offers the very best opportunities for our children to flourish in every way simply takes two things: 1) adult males and females deciding to put aside their selfish, immoral whims and choosing to marry for life 2) A commitment to the values and practice of a Judeo-Christian faith.
The social science data is clear: men, women and children are all better off in every way in an intact family unit – especially one that is part of a faith community that practices Judeo-Christian values.