Can I be honest ? I’ve never seen the show, I’ve just read about it. But if I really thought my neighborhood was full of ‘Desperate Housewives’, I’d move to Iran.” – Dr. James Merritt
The Presidential election here in the U.S. is just about four months away. For the last year or two, we have had all the coverage we could possibly want on the “main” issues facing our country – the personalities of the candidates, the economy, gas prices, alternative energy, education, you name it. We see Electoral College maps and debates on who the vice presidential nominees will be. But there is one issue that, unless I’ve really missed the discussion on it, doesn’t seem to be at the top of the news coverage. It’s the breakdown of the traditional family.
My wife has heard me harp on this issue so much that I sound like a broken record. But it’s true. Look around. I’m sure you’ve seen the story of the Massachusetts school that, as of the end of the school year, has 17 girls now expecting babies. Seventeen ?! After questioning these students, it was discovered that there was a “pregnancy pact” among them to raise their babies together. One of them got pregnant by a 24-year old homeless man. The school superintendent remarked, “Families are broken. Many of our young people are growing up directionless.” (click here to read Time Magazine’s article on this story)
Dr. James Merritt thankfully is bringing this issue into the spotlight. He has started a five-week series on it called “The Big Picture” and in his first sermon, he cited some sad statistics. Since 1960, the divorce rate has doubled. Single-parent households have tripled. And the teenage pregnancy rate is the highest it’s been in the history of the world. He also showed how the popular comedies on TV have evolved over the last 50 years or so, from “Father Knows Best” and “Leave It To Beaver” to now, the above-mentioned “Desperate Housewives”. That alone is a sad commentary on the issue.
Dr. Merritt’s series will be focusing on the passage below, Colossians 3:18-21 (ESV):
Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.”
What’s your take on this ? Is too much being made of the breakdown of the traditional family ? Or too little ?