Wednesday, December 17, 2014 4:36 AM

Children are Losing

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 4:36 AM
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 4:36 AM

The God of the Bible ordained marriage and by marriage blessings are passed on to children. God knew that single parent households would fail and He knew the reasons. God told us for our own good not for the mere sake of rules; it was for love. Below are three excerpts that demonstrate the failure of a single parent culture.

“In 1999, Isabel Sawhill co-authored (with Laura Chadwick) a paper concluding that the life prospects of children were diverging, with two distinct groups developing. One group had two parents with strong marriages, good jobs, and college degrees; another had single parents with poor schooling and lousy prospects. Ever fewer were in the middle. Especially disturbing, the effects were intergenerational: Both groups were passing along their prospects to their children. ‘There is a bifurcation in children’s life prospects that threatens to divide the U.S. into a society of haves and have-nots,’ Sawhill wrote. Wow, I thought at the time, this is really important. As far as I know, her work received no attention at all.”

“Forget class warfare and the fight over who earns too much and who earns too little. The new battleground pits married voters against unmarried voters. According to a new Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, married voters favor Republicans 51-38 percent, while single voters back Democrats 54-34 percent. This gap means a lot more than votes. It reflects a fundamental social change in a society that no longer shares common cultural values.”

“At the top of the list is a steep decline in the marriage rate. Who cares, you may ask. Answer: children. In 2009 alone, a whopping 41 percent of babies were born to single moms, according to the National Vital Statistics Report. Median income for single mother families is only one third the median for married couple families. Census Bureau data shows the average median net worth of married households is seven times the wealth of unmarried households.” (Jacqueline Leo)

Dt 12:28 Be careful to obey all these words that I command you today, so that it may go well with you and with your children after you forever, because you will be doing what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God. Amen

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