Child of the 60’s
Proverbs 30, Vs. 11-14 11 There is a generation that curseth their father and doth not bless their mother. 12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. 13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. 14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men. You're supposed to realize you're getting old when you sound like your parents. If that is true, I'm in trouble, because sometimes when I speak I hear my grandfather. It happened just the other day. I said "This country is going to hell in a hand basket!" I then knew I had truly obtained grandparenthood. When my grandfather said those words, he was concerned about President Nixon having erased several minutes of a tape recording from the oval office. If only the whoas of Watergate were the level of problems we face today. Today's problems are much greater and I shutter to think of the absolute fit my grandfather would have today if he were still here. I began to think about generations of change. I found out what may be wrong with my generation while viewing the video "America's Godly Heritage" by David Barton, produced by WallBuilders, Texas. The problems this country faces today, Barton says, can in some cases be traced to public education received since my generation started school. I started school in 1965 in a small rural Missouri town. The stage for great changes in public education began in 1962-63 and were well established when I began those impressionable years. The Supreme Court of the United States in 1962-63 decided that there could no longer be prayer in school at all. In 1963 they forbid reading or teaching from the Bible. It is hard for anyone my age or younger to imagine a Bible lesson or referenced Bible reading in school. It just wasn't done. We were born too late to even miss it in our normal day at school. The Bible used to be referenced and lessons were taught from those Holy pages until the Supreme Court rulings. At the time of those rulings, according to Barton's Video, 97 percent of Americans were self proclaimed Christians. All of the other religions and non religious persons made up 3 percent of the population. Without precedent the Supreme Court with its majority vote ruled in favor of the 3 percent. I can remember the Ten Commandments hanging in the hall of my grade school and high school, but those too were removed by the court in 1980. The court's ruling read something like this. If a child is exposed to the Ten Commandments day after day they may read them and some of them may begin to obey them. So, they were removed. In the aforementioned video, Barton shares some statistics showing the results of the court's actions. Unwed teenage pregnancy is up 400 percent since 1963. That is 15 to 19 year old girls and these statistics are adjusted for population increases in America. Divorce rates before 1963 had been declining for decades but since that time they are up 117 percent. The United States is number one in divorces today. Single female-parent households with no spouse present are up 300 percent since 1962. That is more than double the population growth factor. Unmarried couples living together has increased tenfold. That's 1,000 percent. Without a moral compass for five decades, the last two generations stumble now on little things like the definition of marriage. Since religion has been barred from our public schools the SAT test scores which were stable for decades before 1962 have plummeted year after year. America is number one in violent crime today. Since 1962 it has increased by 470 percent, which more than quadruples the population growth rate factor of our nation. Barton leaves you in his video with a quote from George Washington: "The propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself has ordained."