“We’re from the Government, and We’re Here to End Your Marriage.”
This is a very long but detailed and cogent examination of how divorce as an institution has not only virtually destroyed the family in America – but how it is eroding our Constitutional form of governance and Western Civilization’s existence itself.
Our whole culture is rotted, thanks in large measure to the divorce industry. Indeed the growth of porn, violence, adultery, premarital sex, the Welfare State, the economic slavery of minorities, abortion and even homosexuality can be traced to divorce and the breakdown of the American family.
Where my ears really perked up is near the end of the article, where Mr. Baskerville rightfully places blame. He does not blame the government, or women’s right’s groups – but levels root blame on the church in America and the West. And he is right. Marriage is a religious institution ordained of God from the beginning between a man and a woman. The hardness of our hearts towards both God and our own spouses for selfishness required God to relent and allow His people to divorce after adulterous affairs. Today however, America has created an entire institution whereby divorce can happen on a mere whim of unhappiness, an unkind word or simple boredom.
And like the rest of our culture, the Church has done little to reinforce the foundational stones that make our civilization. America’s churches are become so lukewarm that not even a sacred institution is willingly defended as vigorously as the church attacks judgmentality or intolerance along with the rest of the PC culture.
by Stephen Baskerville
Most Americans would be deeply shocked if they knew what goes on today under the name of divorce. Indeed, many are devastated to discover that they can be forced into divorce by procedures entirely beyond their control. Divorce licenses unprecedented government intrusion into family life, including the power to sunder families, seize children, loot family wealth, and incarcerate parents without trial. Comprised of family courts and vast, federally funded social services bureaucracies that wield what amount to police powers, the divorce machinery has become the most predatory and repressive sector of government ever created in the United States and is today’s greatest threat to constitutional freedom….
…Responsibility of Churches
While many factors have contributed to this truly diabolical, bureaucratic onslaught against the family, we might begin by looking within. The churches’ failure or refusal to intervene in the marriages they consecrated and to exert moral pressure on misbehaving spouses (perhaps out of fear of appearing “judgmental”) left a vacuum that has been filled by the state. Clergy, parishioners, and extended families have been replaced by lawyers, judges, forensic psychotherapists, social workers, and plainclothes police.
Family integrity will be restored only when families are de-politicized and protected from government invasion. This will demand morally vigorous congregations that are willing to take marriage out of the hands of the state by intervening in the marriages they are called upon to witness and consecrate and by resisting the power of the state to move in. This is the logic behind the group Marriage Savers, and it can restore the churches’ authority even among those who previously viewed a church’s role in their marriage as largely ceremonial.
No greater challenge confronts the churches—nor any greater opportunity to reverse the mass exodus—than to defend their own marriage ordinance against this attack from the government. Churches readily and rightly mobilize politically against moral evils like abortion and same-sex “marriage,” in which they are not required to participate. Even more are they primary stakeholders in involuntary divorce, which allows the state to desecrate and nullify their own ministry.