Matthew 19:5-6 “And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
In a recent contribution to the Wall Street Journal entitled “Ignoring an Inequality Culprit: Single-Parent Families”, the authors describe detailed research on the tangible benefits of a Biblical family unit:
Through their research, the authors conclude the following:
“Abuse, behavioral problems and psychological issues of all kinds, such as developmental behavior problems or concentration issues, are less common for children of married couples than for cohabiting or single parents, according to a 2003 Centers for Disease Control study of children’s health. The causal pathways are about as clear as those from smoking to cancer.”
They go on to cite research that “the poverty rate [in America] would be 25% lower if today’s family structure resembled that of 1970.” This is strong evidence that God’s plan for the family is far preferable to all alternatives. Indeed, Biblical direction in all areas is so powerful because it furthers not only our spiritual well-being, but our practical well-being as well.
On this Father’s Day, may American Christian fathers and mothers commit ourselves to the importance of the Biblical family unit. We must first do so in our individual lives, allowing God’s truths to flourish through us.
PLEASE PRAY THAT AMERICAN CHRISTIAN FAMILIES WOULD CLING TO A BIBLE-BASED STRUCTURE AND COMMITMENT. The evidence of its success in our lives may eventually tip the cultural scales back towards a Bible-based family. We must live according to Christ’s commands for this cause, among others.
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