Decline of family blamed for societal ills
To the Editor:
America's founders cited God as the source of "unalienable rights" whose exercise was the prerogative of "the people". The keystone of the Declaration of Independence was "the Laws of Nature and Nature's God". Thomas Jefferson proclaimed that any legitimate law must accord with Holy Scripture. George Washington said that America's freedom sprang from "the sacred fire of liberty" and that "the republican model of government" is possible only with God's blessings.
During the past half century, America has experienced an epidemic of social ills stemming directly from the decline of marriage and family. Many factors are to blame, 1) a culture of self-centeredness, 2) easy divorce, 3) radical feminism, 4) pornography 5) a reduced stigma for cohabitation and 6) acceptance of homosexuality and transgender issues.
We need to return to a healthy, family-based culture where policies fortify and encourage marriage. It's wrong to create fatherless or motherless families by design. This initiative is being driven by the desires of consenting adults, not the needs of children who are negatively affected. The natural family is a part of generational continuity. Same sex "wedding" and couples living outside of wedlock do not extend the family tree. Christians must continue to speak the truth in love about sexuality and what marriage really means. We need to support policy in the United Methodist Church that encourages natural marriage and families. Christians, of all denominations, should be unafraid to speak the truth, since our Lord made it clear that the "truth shall make you free".
Unfortunately, our society is moving in a direction of secular humanism. There is open contempt for Christians among liberal media, atheist college professors and Hollywood. America is in the throes of a cultural war where we are becoming a nation of Marxist ideology masked as "tolerance", "diversity" and "inclusion".
God willing, we can restore our constitutional republic by being salt and light in our community. The church is where we "love one another", "pray for one another" and "bear with one another". Christian conservative view is that our rights come from God. All political power handled by man can be abused and must be safeguarded to remember the Christian heritage of our nation. As Georgia pastor Garland Hunt put it, "God's solution for a divided nation is a united church."