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Family Life Ministry – November 7, 2009
Our discussion facilitators will be Todd and Deven Smith full-time ministers with the FAMILYLIFE ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, providing “Help for today. Hope for tomorrow”. Todd and Deven’s mission: “Effectively developing Godly marriages and families that change the world one home at a time”. Do you know someone who may be thinking about divorce? Invite them to join you for our discussion next Saturday.
Do You Know?
In 1950 16 workers supported 1 retiree. By 2005 the ratio plummeted to 3 workers per retiree.
The 1950 birth rate per 1,000 population was 24.1, dropping in 1960 to 23.7. In 1970 it fell further to 18.4 and by 2005, the U.S. birth rate had declined to 14.0/1,000 population.
The American Family: Marriage & Divorce Trends
Divorce affected 6.3 children per 1,000 in 1950. In 1960 it was 7.2 per 1,000 children and 1970 saw an increase to 12.5 per 1,000 children. By 2005 only 63% of all American children grew up living with both biological parents.
Divorce rate for seniors over 65 has doubled since 1980. One New York lawyer labels his waiting room a “geriatrics unit”.
“We should not sacrifice the vitality of Western society on the altar of a radical left-wing social agenda.” Ken Connor
From earliest recorded history, the family has been the foundation of human societies. In 1947, the year of my birth, noted Sociologist and Historian Dr. Carle Zimmerman published “Family and Civilization”, a scholarly treatise of history, sociology and science. He identified eight indicators that marked the demise of every culture:
- Marriage loses sacredness – frequent divorce
- Traditional meaning of the marriage ceremony lost – Alternate forms and definitions of marriage arise, traditional marriage vows replaced by individual marriage contracts.
- Feminist movements appear, and women lose interest in child bearing and mothering, preferring to pursue power and influence
- Public disrespect for parents and authority in general increase
- Juvenile delinquency, promiscuity, and rebellion accelerate
- People with traditional marriages refuse to accept family responsibilities
- Desire for and acceptance of adultery grows
- Increase in tolerance for sexual perversions of all kinds, particularly homosexuality, with a resultant increase in sex-related crimes
Can you relate to Dr. Zimmerman’s research of 62 years ago?
“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalm 11:3
“Green” Movement: Transformation from Innocent Genesis to Radical Environmentalism
The movement began innocently when John Muir persuaded Teddy Roosevelt to preserve Yosemite Valley and other spectacular landscapes as national parks for the enjoyment of future generations.
Author Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, a vitriolic denunciation of the use of pesticides. Her book has been characterized as a “tirade against humankind’s attempt to use technology to dominate nature”. It helped transform the conservation movement into a “sweeping social movement”. The Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA, attributes its genesis in 1970 to Rachel Carson’s book.
Fast-forward to 2009, John Holdren, President Obama’s ‘science czar’, comes to the forefront of environmental policy. Holdren, an advocate of forced abortions and compulsory sterilizations, co-authored “Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment” in 1977. The authors of this text book summarized their work: “To provide a high quality of life for all, there must be fewer people.” Article: Holdren says Constitution backs compulsory abortion
What’s the point?
The rise of the “green” movement parallels, and contributes to, indeed compels, the decline of the institutions of marriage and family. Our national official perspective changed from seeing the earth as a means to support life to seeing mankind as a threat to the earth.
God Has a Plan A, B, C …
God’s ‘Plan A’ was, and is, for a man and a woman to “be one flesh”. But, he knew his created ones, you and me, would stray from this plan. For this reason he bestows mercy on us. For example: the Bible story of a Samaritan woman who had gone through five husbands and was then cohabitating with a sixth man (John 4:6-30). Mercy is his plan B, C, D, …
Without respect to your personal divorce, the divorce of one of your children, or the divorce of someone close to you, God has a “stimulus plan” for you that really works.