Why Moral Decline in America Will Lead to Family Chaos:
By Mark Benedict
I was born when the most popular cars had big fins, and gas was 14 cents a gallon. Back then, you could look to society for parental support in raising your children. Most parents felt personally responsible for how their own children turned out. During the Clinton Presidency, when Hillary said that “it takes a village” to raise a child, we strongly disagreed. We observed that problems with children’s behavior began multiplying when parents relinquished their authority and responsibilities to schools, teachers, and the government. God holds parents personally accountable for their children, not villages. Society used to provide positive “village” influences to support parents but this changed when progressive liberals gained control of influential social institutions. Their goal is usurp the authority and responsibilities of parents so they can achieve a Utopian society composed of “citizens of the world.”
In the past, social institutions supported parents in raising their children as responsible and law-abiding citizens. Schools once supported parental authority and taught the values of hard work, self-control, and personal responsibility. The entertainment industry had well-defined limits on what they could present in TV and movies without financial penalty. Good manners were expected, and children were routinely born into families with two parents. Society used to place a strong emphasis on keeping marriage vows. People once considered divorce a shameful act with genuine social penalties, not as a ready solution to problems in a marriage.
Today, if you expect parental assistance from society, don’t hold your breath while you wait! There are no more villages out there to help parents. The village now being proposed is not community support, but the growing jungle of big government, ready and willing to usurp parental roles and raise your child for you. Will government do a better job of raising your children? Many of the leaders of our post-Christian society have rejected God. Our nation is well on the way to moral decay as a consequence of rejecting God as the foundation of morality!
We are living in a Post-Christian Society. As a result, parents must take countermeasures to compensate for the corrupted morals and defective world view offered our children through our decaying social institutions. It is a foolish parent who expects assistance in raising moral and upright children from a floundering nation whose great leaders lack self-discipline and moral restraint! When Jesus came, he shook up the religious elements in Israel by his proclamation of the Good News of the Gospel. Likewise, the Bible promises the last days will bring a shaking to this world’s spiritual and moral foundations. If you want your family to stand firm and grounded in the truth of God’s Word you will need to make knowing and acting on the truth a top spiritual priority.
Hebrews 12:26-27 “Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.”
Moral decline always leads to chaos and disruption because when men are not restrained from acting according to their passions they become violent and savage. The Bible promises that the last days before Christ returns will be as the final days of Noah. Before the flood, violence and savage lust dominated the world. Wicked men ruled through brute force, intimidation, and violence. God’s judgment is not far behind as the inevitable result when men reject his revealed truths. We should take heed and prepare our families for the increase in violent behavior and selfishness even as we proclaim the truth of God’s word to a generation that is losing all awareness of God and truth.