The collapse of marriage, along with a dramatic rise in births to single women, is the most important cause of childhood poverty—but government policy doesn’t reflect that reality, according to a special report released today by The Heritage Foundation.
Nearly three out of four poor families with children in America are headed by single parents. When a child’s father is married to his mother, however, the probability of the child’s living in poverty drops by 82 percent.
One of the most common “selling points” for “gay marriage” is that we should not prohibit other people doing from doing what they want to do because it has no consequences for us. This post shows why allowing homosexual unions to be considered marriage, or even marriage-like civil unions, has negative consequences for others.
Here’s how Justin Taylor’s post opens:
Liberal commentator Jonathan Chait has an article in New York Magazine about the history of conservative complaints against Hollywood, how the right has essentially given up the fight, and how they were actually right in identifying the effect that this pop-culture medium has upon the attitudes and behaviors of a society.
“Most striking are the simultaneous increases in celebrity obituaries and declines in religious obituaries. They document the increasing secularization and hedonism of American culture at a time when personal income was rising and public concern was shifting away from the basic issues of survival,” Nolan said. ”The magnitude of these trends is seismic. While the Greeks may have looked to their gods for guidance and entertainment, we’ve turned increasingly to our celebrities — entertainers and athletes.”
Mitchell and I engaged in the comments section of a blog post by Andrew Perriman. In this excerpt I’m recalling my prior reference to Jesus’ interaction with the woman caught in adultery (John 8).
I’m merely trying to imitate Jesus, who distinguished between political and spiritual ways of addressing sin. Of course, the main issue in adapting His example to our current context is that democracy expects its citizens to be more vocal about the laws they want than did the governements under which Jesus found Himself.
As for the Bible, while it does record for us the will of God I believe it also makes clear that the Mosaic Law was for an ANE context, not the age to come, in which we live. Thus today the Bible speaks to our consciences in spiritual terms, and it is to the truth of God in our consciences that we must be true. Not every person has read the Bible, and none of us completely understands it – but everyone has a conscience. Adherence to conscience is not a guarantee of being right, but disregard of conscience is a guarantee of being wrong. For this reason the word of God – and not merely that which is confined to print – is invaluable for the continual calibration of our consciences.
Jim West reports on this depressing statistic. Let us repent…and pray fervently that others will, too!
Here are some statistics about the increasing number of children being born in the U.S. without the benefit of a father and mother:
A rising number of new moms are not married: 41 percent of babies were born to unmarried women in 2009. That percentage has been on the upswing since 2002.
Teens accounted for 21 percent of births out of wedlock in 2009, continuing a steady decline over the past several decades. By contrast, in 1975, 52 percent of these births were to teens. The largest increase in births to unmarried women has been in women age 30 and older.
In 2010, 9.9 million single moms were living with kids under 18 in the United States, up from 3.4 million in 1970.
Thus, in the last forty years single moms living with kids under 18 has tripled. Do we need a clearer indicator of where the country is headed?
This article describes how demographers are estimating and marking the birth of the world’s seven billionth person this week. [Editorial note May 15, 2014: Apparently, the host is no longer maintaining this article online.]
We have come a long way from God telling just two people, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth” (Genesis 1:28). Oh, the wonder and glory of our God, who can make the mightiest things come forth from the smallest of beginnings.
And, oh, how we should thank God for every single child He sends into the world. And how we should be sure to bring each and every one of them up “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
Children are a blessing, and by blessing them we bless God.