Protecting Family Values
By Jay Draiman
The family is the most basic unit of any society or nation. Without healthy, functioning families, a culture cannot survive.
God created marriage as the unity of one man and one woman. This has been both the legal and traditional understanding of a marriage literally for millennia, since Eden .
Sadly, many radical activist groups in the U.S. are attempting to twist the law to change the definition of marriage and the family to include same-sex "marriage," polygamy, polyamory, and other structures. These groups scoff at the idea that there is any fixed or known set of values or beliefs that is generally good for families or culture.
Since World War II when women were encouraged to join the work force en mass, to replace the men who went to war and keep the economy and the war effort going, there has been a trend where a mother was not home to take care of her children, monitor their behavior, help with the homework and discipline when and where necessary. Coupled together with the advancement in technology, all of this has harmed family values.
The Media and Television has totally destroyed any comprehension of values in our society. The lack of discipline and total disregard for authority and respect is clear to anyone who has watched the past 50 years and seen our society's values deteriorate.
One example alone is that 50 years ago a teacher was happy to go to school to teach, a teacher was respected and looked up-to, a teacher could discipline. In today's society a teacher is not permitted to discipline a student, the teachers will be sued, not to mention that teachers fears for their safety. Today teachers fear for their lives they are petrified by their students. This scenario caries on to other social interactions of society today, and the situation is getting worse and worse every year.
Abuse has been and will be with society to eternity that does not give society the right to prohibit discipline; a few acts of abuse should not cause society to prohibit proper discipline. When an individual or individuals utilize a vehicle to commit a crime cause the death of others, does society prohibit vehicles altogether, no, a vehicle is very important for our everyday life.
Well, the discipline of our children by parents and teachers is extremely important for our society and the preservation of humanity. It seems that our society is so busy chasing the dollar, fame and glory, that anything goes all values goes out the window. We should be an example of honesty, integrity and respect to our children.
Parents in today's society are also restricted as to how to discipline their children; in many cases parents are getting sued. In many cases children would never dream of treating their parents with such disrespect 50 years ago. Today some parents are afraid of their own children.
You will notice that many families who come from other countries have a very strong family values, good education, respect and the children excel in their studies. That is because they have not had the chance to be influenced by our society. The education of our children begins at home and continues in school the parents and the school must take a proactive approach to teach our children values and respect.
We should fight against numerous attacks on marriage and family values, including efforts to:
- Allow children unlimited access to pornography over the Internet in public libraries
- Allow those engaging in homosexual behavior to have preference to adopt children and be foster parents
- Allow those engaging in homosexual behavior to serve openly in the military
- Expose children to explicit sex education materials contrary to parental approval
- Deny parents the right to raise their children before God as they see fit
from the August 2008 Edition of the Jewish Magazine