Posted By Jennie Chancey on April 17, 2013
The family has disintegrated in the 21st century. This is the inescapable conclusion of many of today’s social indicators. With 41% of children born into homes without fathers, half of marriages ending in divorce, and the shack-up rate seven times what it was in 1970, the nuclear family now makes up less than half of American households.
With each new generation over the last fifty years, the plight of the family has worsened, and the problem is getting harder to ignore. In 1960, 70% of young men showed maturity by age 30, while, today, the opposite is true: 70% of young men are not “grown up” by 30 years of age. Today, 70% of children will not grow up with their mothers and fathers at home, and the trend is only growing bleaker. In twenty years, there will be very few young men who are grown up enough to provide for their wives and children.
Most of us are past the denial stage that a crisis exists. Yet Americans on the whole are apathetic in response. Some say the family is irrelevant to society anyway, while others suggest that an occasional family game night will solve the problem. Few are really taking this social trend seriously.
Today, most twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings see no need for the nuclear family. We all know these people. They are our neighbors, our extended family members, and people who attend church with us.
The family is dying a slow and miserable death in the West. Ultimately, it is a failure of the Christian faith and life that brought about our present predicament, though all of our institutions have contributed to it. There are several institutional forces that have worked hard to dismantle the family over about the last six generations. Our colleges, universities, K-12 schools, churches, corporations, and governments have marginalized the family unit because they do not see the family as integral to the socio-economic system.
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