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Family Values – More Than A Political Issue
Dr. Stan Coffey
We come today to the message entitled "Family Values – More Than A Political Issue." It is being kicked around as a political football. Much is being said on CNN and other news programs about the issue of family values. Barbara Bush said in a speech to a group of college students, "the future of America does not depend on what happens in the White House, but what happens in your house." And I believe she said it well. And that is the crux of the message today. If you have your Bible turn to Matthew 7:24-25, notice what God's word says about family values.
Surveys tell us that 96% of all Americans will marry. I want to thank all our single adults for sitting through all these sermons on marriage, but after all, single adults either have been married and may marry again or never have been married and will be married someday. And many of these principles apply to you as well. But 96% of all Americans will try marriage. Of those who marry 38% will divorce; 79% will remarry and 44% of those who remarry will divorce again. America, known as a Christian nation, has the highest divorce rate in the world. Over half of all the divorces in world occur in America and 50% of marriages in most of the urban areas of our country end in divorce. Now, if General Motors or Chrysler produced a car and half of them failed when they got on the road and fell apart, it would cause a national crisis and Congress would be busy trying to figure out a solution to the problem. And yet, not many people are really working on the fact that half of the marriages in America are ending in divorce. It is a national epidemic.
The interesting thing about divorce is that most of the surveys being conducted now show that divorce doesn't work. Some people say marriage doesn't work; we need to throw it away. Well, I am here to tell you that s ...
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