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
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lend to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness. … Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796
“The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.