The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released a report about birth data in the US. Beside the finding that the birth rate is currently at the lowest point ever recorded in the US, the most shocking statistic was buried in a table at the back of the publication: 40.7% is the overall percent of American children born out-of-wedlock! They further break down the numbers of babies born to unmarried moms by race: Asians 17.2%, Whites 29.1%, Hispanics 53.4%, American Indians 66.2%, and non-Hispanic Blacks 72.3%.
These are absolutely staggering statistics about the deterioration of family values in our culture. Looking at America through a biblical filter or a Christian world view, it is not too difficult to see the symptoms of a decaying family structure, for example: extremely high divorce rates, single parent homes, the redefinition of marriage, the adoption of young children in nontraditional family structure, and many others… These are symptoms of a deep moral depravity that has corrupted us to the bone.
But the numbers quoted above are not just symptoms… These are the results of our society’s actions and their lack of the ultimate moral compass: God’s Word. This is the result of departure from God as a society. It is absolutely heart breaking to know that many of these children will not have access to a father figure to complete their family structure as ordained by God. The Church needs to realize that this is a rebellion against God and His commandments, and a great tragedy which appears to grow unchecked.
Let’s remember that the Word of God is clear when it states that in the last days there will be an increasingly clear distinction between right and wrong, righteousness and wickedness, holiness and evil, and that we as believers need to differentiate ourselves from the wickedness of the world:
Revelation 22:11 “Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.” 12 “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.”