IMHO, the decline in fear of God and along with it, shame. Even my unbelieving parents (b. before WW2) were shocked when one of their longtime friends divorced because of adultery. Since that generation, the shame of divorce has evaporated.
I say "fear of God" to include those who, while they may not be believers, still have a general fear of eternal consequences.
The rise of the Welfare State, which financially enables irresponsibility. hasn't helped either.
How do we combat that? How did it get this bad? I tend to believe the industrial revolution played a huge role. It took fathers away from the farm so mothers had to pick up the slack which led to a disgruntled attitude and feminism was born. Self sustainability died off and other rabbit trails followed. Progress brought regress. Perhaps that's all straw grasping.....
Antecedent to this issue is staying married in the 1st place. This seems to be difficult for a lot of folks, including Christians, and has been for several generations going, if my anecdotal secondhand experience is any indication.
Well put, Brothers. SA had another story posted recently that highlighted a study released by Congressional Republicans on the demise of the nuclear family. Pretty much stated the same thing. Yet Progressives are desperate to destroy Biblical marriage, childbearing, and childrearing. As we talk with parents who's children are on our child's sports team, we have found that brokenness abounds. Few come from intact families. And the impact is telling.
While there is not, to my knowledge at least, a ‚Äúscientific study‚ÄĚ that shows that children ‚Äúfare better‚ÄĚ when their limbs are not torn off and their brains are not sucked out, I‚Äôm sure anyone with any sense at all could see that this is true. In I Chronicles 26:4-5, the Bible reveals that Obed-edom had eight sons, ‚Äúfor God blessed him.‚ÄĚ There was a time when most people rightly saw children as blessings to be cherished and enjoyed, and not, as Jim and others see them through their satanic worldview, as curses to be mutilated and destroyed.