When family life disintegrates and dissolves from what it was intended to be, the state and nation in which this takes place is precariously attempting to balance itself on the cusp of total destruction. Simply put, when family life fails complete devastation is at hand.
Our society is on the brink of annihilation. Can anything be done or is it too late to even attempt to make required adjustments? I offer these suggestions, which, if properly applied, and put into action immediately, could possibly make a positive difference.
1. Mother and father were intended to be the guiding and directing members of each family. James Dobson, modern authority on family life, has said, “If you want your child to accept your values when he reaches his teen years, then you must be worthy of his respect during his younger days.”
2. Children are like many adults. Most do not know how to think. They seem to imagine that they will not be held responsible.
3. Adults and children alike need to realize that every decisive action always produces a decisive reaction. It’s in the old proverb, “The chickens always come home to roost.”
4. The apostle Paul wrote a very important letter to the churches of Galatia of only six brief chapters. It sounds very much like a letter he would have written to the United States in June 2011. I wish all the members of Congress and the President would read it until they had it memorized. We must never forget this: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7).
5. One of our major problems is that we teach our children that success can be measured in terms of money and material. They will do anything to get money. That kind of belief leads to cheating, stealing, crime, killing and destruction.
6. There is an immediate price to pay for wrong living and an everlasting price ultimately. Kitty and I were watching an Inspirational Network rerun of an old “Walton Mountain” story recently and heard Rose, a family relative, make this comment: “You don’t get the stomachache from the green apples somebody else ate.” The apple eater is responsible for his own aches.
7. Another problem we face is an educational system that in many areas is failing. Failing in places where schools and teachers have everything they need except one essential. That is the support of parents.
8. We also face such problems as adultery, homosexuality, abortion, drunkenness, gambling, infidelity and sexual lawlessness. The New Testament book of Romans, chapter one, especially verses 16-32, deals with the sins of our day and chapters two and three speak of God’s righteous judgment against all ungodliness.
9. We need to teach our children and each other the value of faithfulness. Prolific author and apologist, Charles Colson, writes, “Our standard is not earthly success, but faithfulness to God’s calling.”
10. June 4, 2011, marks another Wedding Anniversary for Kitty and me. What a happy, enjoyable and beautiful experience that has been. There is no secret to such a wonderful marriage. It is putting God first in our lives and obeying His word.
Family life in America, just like our educational, political, economic and national morality is in big trouble. We had better get it back together very soon or it will all be destroyed. Our days of laughing at God and going unpunished are about over.
These few suggestions just might help if put into good use. In case you have not noticed, we are in a mess. Too many leaders and citizens have their heads buried in the sand. You may pray daily for bold leadership from men and women of good report.
|Bill Ellis is a syndicated columnist, and convention and conference speaker on every continent. He is the writer of more than 2,000 newspaper and magazine columns, articles and contributions to books. He is also a widely known motivational speaker and pulpit guest who utilizes enjoyment of life and just plain fun and laughter while speaking to high school, university and professional sports teams as well as to business and professional groups of all kinds. His keen understanding of human problems makes him a favorite speaker for youth, parent, and senior adult meetings. He is accompanied by Kitty, his wife, favorite singer, editor and publisher.
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