Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Five Thousand Year Leap, Principle 26 - Family

(To read this series from the beginning, click here.)

Principle 26: Protecting the Role of the Family

The family is the foundation of a strong society.


And yet as we look around we see the family undermined from every possible angle.  And so we must do everything to protect it.  If the family breaks down, our country breaks down.  I suggest that we are already seeing that now.  There is no doubt that the USA is not the nation of virtue, integrity, and uprightness that it once was.  With homosexuality, feminism, adultery, impurity, child-abuse, abortion running rampant, it is obvious we have all but succeeded in totally subverting the family.
"In Europe almost all the disturbances of society arise from the irregularities of domestic life.  To despise the natural bonds and legitimate pleasures of home is to contract a taste for excesses, a restlessness of heart, and fluctuating desires." -de Tocqueville (p.199)
I was watching an "innocent" children's film today.  The devaluing of the family was woven in through a character who says he wants a life of adventure; not bondage to a wife and child.  And thus is the mindset of our culture...thanks to the perverse and upside-down media (not unlike this children's movie seeking to indoctrinate at a young age the degradation of the family).
People don't "settle down," but instead feel their oats and live la vida loca because afterall that's what life's about, right?  Having fun.  No responsibility.  Remaining foolish and childish well into the middle-age years.  And not using one iota of a brainwave to think about any significant purpose in life except "eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die."  Utter stupidity and a waste of a life.  Yet culture as a whole embraces it and we wonder why people don't marry until they are in their 40s and 50s (if at all), and then can't make the marriage work because they have spent so many years set in their own ways and not learning to compromise and push their selfishness aside to accommodate a spouse they are committed to "til death do us part."  Also, culture has brain-washed us into thinking that we need to enjoy the freedom of single life before we start a family.  "Live your life.  Have fun before you settle down," is the mantra.  Alluding that family life doesn't hold a candle to the free and easy life of a single person.  OR...people do want to marry but are surrounded by a culture that embraces the afore-mentioned mentality and so the wishing-to-be-married person flounders never being able to find someone like-minded.   Not to mention that saturated feminism has confused men and women of their roles so they don't know what the heck to look for in a significant other or how to be themselves.

Anyway...that seeming unnecessary tangent leads me to say that the family IS being attacked.  And it must remain a pillar if we want a successful government and nation.
"But when the American retires from the turmoil of public life to the bosom of his family, he finds in it the image of order and of peace.  There his pleasures are simple and natural, his joys are innocent and calm; and as he finds that an orderly life is the surest path to happiness..." -de Tocqueville
"I had rather be at Mount Vernon with a friend or two about me, than to be attended at the seat of government by the officers of state and the representatives of every power in Europe." -George Washington
Washington always preferred to be home with his family at Mt. Vernon than to be anywhere else or to do anything else.

Benjamin Franklin wrote that marriage is the most natural state of man in which "you are most likely to find solid happiness."
"It will be appreciated that the strength and stability of the family is of such vital importance to the culture that any action by the government to debilitate or cause dislocation in the normal trilateral structure of the family becomes, not merely a threat to the family involved, but a menace to the very foundations of society itself." (p.204) (emphasis mine)

If you haven't see The Truth Project, I highly recommend it.  Del Tackett spends a lot of time talking about how often we see sets of 3 in nature and in relationships.

The Trinity: Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
Church: Christ, Leaders, Flock.
Our world (realms): physical, spiritual, social.
Primary colors: red, yellow, blue.
Atom: proton, neutron, electron.
Water: liquid, solid, gas.
Earth: core, mantle, crust.
Man: heart, brain, body.
Egg: yolk, white, shell.
Virtues: faith, hope, charity.
Time: past, present, future.

The Family: Father, Mother, Child.

It is God's design.  Don't touch it.

Schoolhouse Rock got it right.  Three is the magic number.

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