Meridian Star

Religion

August 31, 2013

Have a Dream

(Continued)

MERIDIAN —

Families in America are hurting. The disintegration of the two-parent family is a disaster for the single mom and for unsupervised youth. Poverty, violence, gangs, dropouts, teen sex and children having babies, and drugs. It adds up to a staggering loss for America. Folks, nothing on earth can replace the beautiful economic engine: the wholesome, essential, beneficial, practical two-parent family. 

We now have a higher percentage of single-parent homes than ever before in America. Too many children come home to an empty house with no daddy. More and more there is a baby daddy but no real man being there, living in the home, acting like good fathers should. 

I know — it is a huge problem for all races, not just blacks. But it is disproportionately higher for blacks than any other ethnic group. It didn’t used to be that way. Who are our role models now? Why do we idolize athletes and celebrities who glamorize sex outside of marriage or babies out of wedlock? 

These traditional Christian values are what Dr. King lived with! Now they are eroded. Marriage is old-fashioned, but it works. Morality is scoffed at, but it works. Being made to mind your parents is tough, but it raises respectful human beings. 

There is no doubt: the family in America has fallen on hard times. When I see a young couple with little children, I stop and notice. It makes me proud. I say to myself — "There goes a real man!" He is with his wife. He is with his children. He may not even know it, but he is being faithful to God's pattern and to God’s purpose for his life because he is being there for his family! I breathe out a prayer, "God bless that young family; make them prosper and succeed." 

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