Can The Family Survive by Frank Pollard

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CAN THE FAMILY SURVIVE?
GENESIS 2
IN 1970, A REPORT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE IJNITED STATES
FROM THE WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN CONTAINED THIS
DISTURBING STATEMENT: "AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE IN TROUBLE ...
TROUBLE SO DEEP AND PERVASIVE AS TO THREATEN THE FUTURE OF
OUR NATION."
WITH THE NATIONAL TOTAL OF DIVORCES NOW EXCEEDING A
MILLION EACH YEAR, IT'S EASY TO BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICAN
FAMILY IS IN REAL TROUBLE. IT'S VERY LIKELY THAT YOU KNOW A
FAMILY THAT HAS BEEN TORN APART BY THE TRAGEDY OF DIVORCE. IN
FACT, YOU MAY HAVE EXPERIENCED THE PAIN OF CONFLICT AND
SEPARATION YOURSELF. BROKEN HOMES AND DELINQUENT YOUTH ARE
CAUSING THOUGHTFUL OBSERVERS TO BE ANXIOUS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF
FAMILY LIFE.
THE VALUES THAT HAVE LONG BEEN HELD SACRED IN WESTERN
CULTURE ARE NOW BEING QUESTIONED, PUT TO THE TEST, AND OFTEN
ABANDONED. MANY YOUNG PEOPLE MARRY WITH THE IDEA THAT "IF IT
DOESN'T WORK OUT, WE CAN ALWAYS GET A DIVORCE." AND A GROWING
NUMBER OF COUPLES ARE NOT GETTING MARRIED AT ALL. THEY JUST
SET UP HOUSEKEEPING TOGETHER ... SHARING THE PRIVILEGES OF
MATRIMONY WITH NONE OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES, RISKS OR
COMMITMENTS.
IN SPITE OF THESE FRIGHTENING SOCIAL TRENDS, THE BIBLE
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REMINDS US THAT MARRIAGE AND STABLE FAMILY LIFE ARE VITAL AND
NECESSARY. GOD CREATED MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY. HE KNEW WHAT
KIND OF ENVIRONMENT WE HUMAN BEINGS NEED IN ORDER TO GROW AND
FLOURISH. IN SPITE OF ALL THE FORCES OF CHANGE AT WORK IN
OUR WORLD TODAY, THE FAMILY - AS GOD CREATED IT - IS STILL
THE BEST INSTITUTION FOR RAISING CHILDREN AND NURTURING ADULTS.
No OTHER ARRANGEMENT CAN PROVIDE THE SECURITY, WARMTH, AND
SUPPORT THAT A LOVE-FILLED HOME PROVIDES.
WE SEE HOW IMPORTANT GOD THINKS THE FAMILY IS IN GENESIS,
THE VERY FIRST BOOK IN THE BIBLE. ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS GOD
DID WHEN THIS WORLD WAS NEW WAS TO ESTABLISH MARRIAGE. LISTEN
TO GENESIS ...
THEN THE LORD GOD SAID, 'IT IS NOT GOOD FOR
THE MAN TO BE ALONE; I WILL MAKE HIM ...


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