At this moment in America we are seeing so much craziness in the thinking and teaching of morality and things which are reflecting on the character of who we are as people. Tom Brokaw in his book, “The Greatest Generation”, pointed to the fact that the post WWI generation lived through the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, WWII, Korean War and became an innovative and industrious generation building many of the great industries which have...
At this moment in America we are seeing so much craziness in the thinking and teaching of morality and things which are reflecting on the character of who we
are as people. Tom Brokaw in his book, “The Greatest Generation”, pointed to the fact that the post WWI generation lived through the Roaring Twenties, the
Great Depression, WWII, Korean War and became an innovative and industrious generation building many of the great industries which have sustained our civilization for these past 6 decades. They came home from war to begin their lives on the farms, in the manufacturing arena, in colleges and in a million different ways, never looking back but always moving forward without complaining, just doing what they either felt they should or what their God asked them to do.
Most of that Greatest Generation was without wealth, certainly in their formative years, but even in their 20s and 30s, but never griped, just went ahead in marriage, in building their families and eventually building jobs and companies, then if fortunate would gain some wealth which might then be left for the next generation. They expected to leave the world, and certainly America, their homeland, in better shape than when they were born. I believe all of us of that generation felt we were blessed to live in these United States and that our country was an exceptional country offering exceptional opportunities to all who would partake. We never felt anybody owed us anything but perhaps just an opportunity. The rest was up to us, but always being mindful that we were also present to help pull up those behind us. Our opportunity was a gift and not a requirement of some government or even our parents or families. It was just an opportunity offered to us by the hard work of earlier generations and certainly
by our God, and it was ours to partake of, if we wished.
As these decades have slipped past we see a different mindset. We see people demanding that government take more care of us, whether we work or not. That maybe we don’t need to be diligent and hardworking or even loyal to others in family or community. What a change in attitude in just one half century. Our grandparents, or even parents would have been shocked at the self-indulgence of this generation. Where in decades and centuries past, family loyalty was demanded, with marriages being lifelong institutions, today marriages are for your pleasure and for a few years at best. Where are the people who believe in the covenant promises of marriage demanded in the Bible? What, we can just live together as long or short a time as we wish? Where did that notion come from?
In those years before WWII, to suggest we could just co-habitat, and expect our peers, not to mention our parents, would be willing to accept that foolishness would have been unbelievable. I suspect my step dad would have literally wrapped a pitchfork around my neck, which he had suggested years before for a minor offense, had I suggested I would do such a thing. There was no tolerance for that degree of abhorrent behavior in those earlier years as that would have reflected horribly on the family and on family values. It just wouldn’t be tolerated, and yet today, it is becoming the norm.
As I started with this book I couldn’t help but think, what if? What if, we got 3 million born-again Christians to pray to our heavenly Father for every Christian family that was divorced, or going through divorce, also known as covenant breaking, to be restored by the power of God? If we, who know the Lord, would stand in the gap for all who have abandoned their covenant vows to their spouses, would cry out to God, to see these marriages restored, I suspect we would see some correction.
What a different world this would be for our children, for our families, for our community and our nation. Maybe we can get such a movement to occur?
The Christensen's founded Covenant Marriage Ministry in 1983 to help couples whose marriages are in crisis. Through this ministry, they have co-anchored a daily television program called "Building The Kingdom In Families," authored several books, and produced videos that emphasize the value of entering into a covenant marriage. Both have also spoken to church groups in the U.S. and abroad, encouraging couples to work through the inevitable difficulties that come with marriage and to cherish their relationship. http://www.covenantmarriages.com