Disturbing Statistics

Steven LeBlanc

A great barometer of our nation’s cultural health is seen in how we respond to the marriage covenant and the concomitant issues that revolve around our ability to value the marriage vow.

According to a Pew research study only about half of Americans are married now, down from 72 percent in 1960. The age at which one first gets married has risen by six years since 1960.

God values marriage, increasingly we in America do not:

Have respect for marriage. Always be faithful to your partner, because God will punish anyone who is immoral or unfaithful in marriage—Hebrews 13:4

And now some facts that should be unsettling to you:

— 80 percent of the children who were “post-war generation” could expect to grow up with two biological parents who were married to each other. Today, only about 50 percent of our children will spend their entire childhood in an intact family. 24 million children in America sleep in homes where their natural fathers do not live.(http://dhr.alabama.gov/services/Family_Assistance/Fatherhood_Facts.aspx)

–According to the National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families, “approximately 40 million people in the United States are sexually involved with the Internet.”

–56 percent of divorces involve at least one person in the marriage being obsessed with pornographic web sites.

–57% of married people (men & women) who use the Internet social networking sites have flirted with another person who is not their spouse.

–nearly 1 in 2 people have engaged in sexual conversation over the phone with someone they met “online”.

— Couples who live together before marriage are 80 percent more likely to divorce than couples who don’t.

–About 70 percent of couples getting married today have lived together before their marriage.

There are consequences for our lack of respect for the marriage commitment. God will punish us for our “lusts” that destroy our families: They were like well-fed lusty stallions; Every one neighed after his neighbor’s wife. Shall I not punish them for these things?” says the Lord. “And shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?—Jeremiah 5:8-9.

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