When Your Family Is Under Attack (1 of 8) by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program, "We Believe"
Program #129, CT # 305011

Ephesians 6:1-4

Some time ago, William Raspberry, the columnist who often writes for The
Orlando Sentinel, wrote an article entitled: "Why The American Family Is In
Trouble." This man has some tremendous insights on this subject. One of the
things he said was this:
"The key reason why the American family is in trouble,
is that too many American husbands and wives consider
their families to be of secondary importance. Their
number one priority is themselves, their personal
growth, fulfillment and all the other things we say
when what we really mean is, "Me first." Neither the
economic nor the employment status of the parents is
the key. What matters is whether the family is at the
center of their concern."
Why would I take two months of my preaching schedule to preach on the
family? Because the family is at the heart of everything that we do and
everything that we are. If we are grandparents, greatparents, parents, single--
whoever we are, all of our lives will revolve around and involve some people who
are family. And in the American family, the picture is grim.
Charles Swindoll, in his book on the family, Strengthening Your Grip, gives
these statistics:
38% of all first marriages fall or fail.
79% of those people will remarry.
Of those who do, 44% of those will fail again.
4 out of 10 babies born in the 1970's spent all
or part of their childhood in a single-parent home.
15%, more than 1 out of 10 of all births today
are illegitimate, and
50% of the out-of-wedlock babies are born to teenagers.
2,000,000 American children who do live with both parents
are "latch-key kids." That means they come home from
school and both parents are gone. It's an empty house.
200,000 American children are physically abused each year.
60,000 to 100,000 them are ...

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