As the family goes, so goes America. In the 1930’s, the English scholar Christopher Dawson made a sobering observation. He wrote “Western civilization at the present day is passing through a crisis which is essentially different from anything that has previously been experienced. Other societies in the past have changed... But none, like our own, has ever consciously faced the prospect of a fundamental alteration of the beliefs and institutions on which the whole fabric of social life rests.” The “beliefs and institutions” Dawson spoke of included the family. He went on to prophesy that should American ever alter such a basic underpinning we would disappear into the annals of history.
As chilling as those words are, they come as no surprise to me. The Bible flawlessly defines reality and “in the beginning” God made and defined the family. He deemed it so necessary to life that, within the creation week, He married man and woman and commanded them to start a family. The great scholar Henry Morris exclaims, “The integrity and permanence of the individual home is of such great importance that God made it plain from the beginning.” If family was a part of creation it must be necessary to sustain creation.
But it seems that the nuclear family is becoming as out dated as “Leave it to Beaver.” Today the “old fashion” among us who fight to preserve traditional definition of marriage are labeled “intolerant” or “homophobic.” We are assured such redefinition would not touch the traditional family. This, as they push to replace the basic title of “husband” and “wife” with "Partner A" and "Partner B" in marriage documents.
In addition to redefining and relabeling, our culture is also attacking the family by normalizing divorce. In the late 60’s, the divorce