America's Culture War: Marriage and Family
America's Sexual Anarchy
A host of social indicators document the continuing moral and spiritual decline of America. Two of the most recent ought to evoke national mourning. One comes from a biennial study of the sexual content of television programming by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Their findings: The number of sexual scenes on television has nearly doubled since 1998. The study found that 70% of all shows include some sexual content, and that these shows average five sexual scenes per hour (Graham and Kingsley, 2005, emp. added).
The second social indicator comes from a report by the National Center for Health Statistics that summarizes the 2004 birth rates for the United States. Childbearing by unmarried women reached a record high of almost 1.5 million births in 2004. More than 4 in 5 births to teenagers were nonmarital. Over half of births to women in their early twenties and nearly 3 in 10 births to women aged 25–29 were to unmarried women. This data means that in 2004, 35.7 percent of all births were illegitimate (Hamilton, et al., 2005, emp. added).
These social indicators are staggering! From the 1960s to the present, American civilization is being sucked into the vortex of sexual disorder and confusion. The dismantling of the Christian foundations of America has resulted in a plethora of sexually deviant actions. America is literally spiraling downward into the abyss of moral depravity and degradation. Many are emulating the adulterous woman, who “eats and wipes her mouth, and says, ‘I have done no wickedness’” (Proverbs 30:20). But God still warns: “flee sexual immorality” (1 Corinthians 6:18). Indeed, doom is inevitable for a nation gripped by such widespread sexual anarchy. “Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of hell” (Proverbs 9:17-18).
Graham, Rob and Sarah Kingsley (2005), “Number of Sexual Scenes on TV Nearly Double Since 1998,” Kaiser Family Foundation, [On-line], URL: http://www.kff.org/entmedia/entmedi a110905nr.cfm.
Hamilton, Brady, Stephanie Ventura, Joyce Martin, and Paul Sutton (2005), “Preliminary Births for 2004,” National Center for Health Statistics, [On-line], URL: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/prelim_births/prelim _births04.htm.