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Divorce rates are dropping nationwide


Date published: 4/27/2014

Divorce rates are dropping nationwide

While the anti-family, social revolutionists continue to preach the death of the traditional family, those committed to marriage and children apparently aren't buying it.

The New York Times recently reported that the approximate 40 years of tinkering with the social system we call "family" appears to be running out of steam.

In an article by Natalie Angier late last year, the Times reported that the divorce rate, frequently and erroneously quoted at 50 percent, has been steadily falling for almost 20 years and is now "just above 40 percent among first-time marriages."

Angier further reported, "The decline has been even more striking among college educated middle- and upper-middle-income couples. For them, fewer than one-third of marriages are expected to end in divorce," which she concluded creates "a degree of stability that allows couples to merge their resources with confidence [to] maximally invest in their children" and families.

In my church, we teach that husbands and wives have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs and to teach them to love and serve one another.

We also believe that families should observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live.

In these sacred responsibilities, parents are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death or other family circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation, but we also believe that extended families should willingly lend support when needed.

It is our conviction that happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon divinely inspired principles including faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work and wholesome recreational activities.

Let us then celebrate the revival of the sacred, timeless and everlasting institution we call family.

D. Michael Kitchens

Fredericksburg