He reminded us how strong marriages headed by a mother and father are the backbone of society. He pointed out how so much government expense is due to family breakdown, the never-married and the divorced. He talked about the huge expenses to gov't of just removing graffiti and providing jail beds --products of juvenile delinquency and family dysfunction. We could add (and he may have mentioned) poverty, drug addiction, unwed teen sex activity with diseases, unwed pregnancies and abortions.
We know that prisoners most often are products of single-parent and divorced homes. We know that children fare best with both their mother and father to raise them in the same household --especially when those parents prioritize getting along for the sake of the children.
He said that's why we ought not be tampering with a definition of marriage that has no possibility of making children and that permanently removes a parent of one sex or the other from the child's life.
We also need parents who are WISE at parenting, and if they don't learn it from their own parents, they need help. Dr. Dobson at Focus on the Family has done the most to teach parents how permissiveness produces bratty kids, who are forever a problem to themselves and others. He can be heard daily on WPOSFM Christian radio, 102.3FM. His books are available in Christian and other bookstores and online.
You see what may be evidence of poor parenting here in the blogsphere, when some bloggers indulge in vulgarity and insults without conscience or self-monitoring. Hopefully, that's the mildest result of being poorly parented to the point of having defective character. Granted, some people rebel against good parents to be prodigals --but hopefully they return to the teachings of their parents in old age. When I see someone getting worse with age in their disposition or lifestyle choices and beliefs, instead of better and stronger in faith, it makes me sad.
John 3:16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[f] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.[g] 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."[h]
Forgiveness and love will be the first-fruits of such faith. Obedience to God's Word and agreeing with Him about sin and righteousness are also evidences. We must come with the humility and trust like a child's. Jesus said so.
What a beautiful blue and white sunny day here in Toledo --with our first significant snowfall.
"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible