In recent years, we have seen a serious spiritual, moral, and cultural decline in America. The traditional concepts of faith, family, and freedom are under attack. There is a sustained effort to devalue human life, redefine family values and standards of decency, undermine parental authority, and remove expressions of faith from our public schools and institutions. Here are some examples of how this is happening in America.
Abortion: Approximately 50 million unborn babies have been aborted in the U.S. since the U.S. Supreme Court decision of 1973 known as Roe v. Wade. That is an average of 1.5 million/year. Some of those were within seconds of delivery (partial-birth abortions), and 22% of all pregnancies now end in abortion.
Marriage: America’s divorce rate is the highest in the Western world. Forty percent of first-time marriages and 50% of all marriages in America now end in divorce: up from under 10% in 1960. Cohabitation before marriage is common, involving 50% of couples in America. In addition to becoming "optional" and "disposable", marriage is now also in danger of becoming redefinable in the campaign to legalize so-called "marriages" between same-sex partners.
Children in the Family: Forty percent of all babies were born outside of marriage in 2007, a 25% increase from 2002 and up from only 5% in 1960. As a result, 33% of our children are being raised in single-parent homes -- up from only 9% in 1960. These children often suffer from lower academic achievement and higher rates of sexual abuse, STDs, drug dependency, crime, and poverty than those being raised in two-parent families.
Pornography: This is a cancer in our society that causes an estimated 50% of divorces and leaves a train of ruined men, exploited women, abused children, disease, crime, and often violent death.
"Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it." Psalm 127:1
“It is in the man of piety and inward principle, that we may expect to find the uncorrupted patriot, the useful citizen, and the invincible soldier. God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable.”
John Witherspoon, Signer of the Declaration of Independence