As a Pro-Life Pro-Family mother and grandmother, I was disturbed by a Pew Poll that more and more people are viewing marriage as obsolete. This is disturbing because marriage and the family unit is the foundation of our, and any, society. With the breakdown of the family, so goes the breakdown of the society. I know I’m just stating the obvious but just look at our society. Every day it seems that I receive information about another article, video, TV show, movie, or song that makes me think to myself our society is in real trouble. On the spiritual side, I think to myself, the devil must really be scared because he’s working overtime trying to destroy souls. The list of atrocities in our society like abortion, divorce, promiscuity, unwed moms, pornography, homelessness, incarceration rate and recidivism, … are clear signs of a troubled society.
An article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) quotes some pretty bothersome poll results. According to the AJC, “… about 39 percent of Americans said marriage was becoming obsolete. And that sentiment follows U.S. census data released in September that showed marriages hit an all-time low of 52 percent for adults 18 and over. In 1978, just 28 percent believed marriage was becoming obsolete.” Additionally, they say that, “About 29 percent of children under 18 now live with a parent or parents who are unwed or no longer married, a fivefold increase from 1960, according to the Pew report being released Thursday. Broken down further, about 15 percent have parents who are divorced or separated and 14 percent who were never married. Within those two groups, a sizable chunk — 6 percent — have parents who are live-in couples who opted to raise kids together without getting married.” And what makes it worse is that instead of our society trying to correct the problem, we seem to be content with accepting the shifting trend in families and instead opt to change the definition of family to suit the trend. I, for one, will not accept the trend but will fight to keep the family as a married man and woman and their children if they are blessed by God with any.
Since I’m a Pro-Life activist, you might be asking yourself, “what does this have to do with saving babies?” The answer is simple. With this changing trend in families is also a changing trend in views on sexuality and procreative reproductive health. With these changing views, our society is becoming more and more comfortable and accepting of casual sexual encounters, use of contraception, and avoidance of responsibility. And when women become pregnant they abort/kill their baby out of relational, career, financial, and/or personal convenience. I have spoken about the selfishness of our ME, ME, ME culture. We must change our attitude from caring so much about ourselves that we are willing to kill another human being because we see it as an intrusion on our lives instead of a precious gift of love from God, which is what they are. The fact that the “Census Bureau, too, is planning to incorporate broader definitions of family when measuring poverty, a shift caused partly by recent jumps in unmarried couples living together” is not going to help correct the problem but is just contributing to the decline of America.