Crime & Fatherless America

Steven LeBlanc

Chicago has once again been labeled as the Murder capital of America. The Chicago Sun-Times pointed out that Chicago has seen 426 homicides this year compared with 417 in New York and 302 in Los Angeles.

The overarching reason there is so much crime is because increasingly children are growing up in homes without their biological fathers. This outcome means many children and teens then join gangs (a pseudo-family).

Divorce and out of wedlock births is creating a subculture of angry teens. In America nearly 24 million children live in a home without a father to guide and protect them. Now more than half of all births to American women under 30 are born out of wedlock, and the trend in marriage-less birth is becoming a normal reality of American life.

Divorce usually means the father moves out of the house. What follows of course is that children of divorce see far less of their fathers than children who grow up in two parent families. With relentless frequency divorce is almost expected to occur since one in every two marriages are dissolved. Divorce was once stigmatized. Now it is accepted as commonplace. The millions of divorces in our nation numb us to the fact that divorce means devastation of the family. Children -the most vulnerable in our society – have the most to lose in a divorce.

God sees what divorce and sex outside of marriage does to our families, and how it cripples a nation by depriving children of fathers. He reminds us that the fatherless child is particularly special to Him. God will not ignore the sins of child abuse or child abandonment. Exodus 22:22-23 states: “You shall not afflict any widow or the FATHERLESS child. If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry; and My wrath will become hot, and I will kill you with the sword…” Punishment may not be executed immediately but God does not casually overlook such injury to the helpless.

Those who abuse or abandon children will suffer severe punishment, if not in this life then surely in the resurrection of the dead (John 5:28-29).

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