“Lenin, and later Joseph Stalin, determined that in order to maintain control of the people it would be necessary to completely destroy the family and re-structure it. They passed a law that one could obtain a divorce simply by mailing or delivering a postcard to the local register without the necessity of even notifying the spouse being divorced. This state, along with the communist encouragement of sexual immorality during marriage, approval of abortion, and forcing women out of the home into the workforce, accomplished its purpose of destroying the Russian family.” -Soviet expert Mikhail Heller
I graduated from high school and attended college during the 60’s. High school was alright, but when I went to college, many of the attitudes of the 60’s were being adopted, and in one particular class, the teacher was buying it all and spreading it to us. I was ridiculed one day in class for my religious activities – by the teacher, and followed up by a few of the students. I did not like the 60’s. I didn’t agree with anything that was going on.
You might have guessed that I am reading a book called “The Marketing of Evil” by David Kupelian. It is excellent. He states that there were some far-reaching happenings in the 60’s that began the downward spiral of the family in our culture:
1- Governor Reagan signed the no-fault divorce law (which he later regretted). This traveled like wildfire to all 50 states within a few years.
2- Kennedy’s assassination – a national shock which signaled the end of American’s innocence.
3- The Vietnam War – This war was ideologically waged for a noble cause: to help the Vietnamese fight the communists who were invading their country, but the war was executed disastrously by incompetent leaders, so it became controversial and divided our nation.
4- Rock music invasion from England (Beatles, Rolling Stones) exerted a powerful hold on America’s youth and soon introduced the psychedelic drug culture.
5- Widespread confusion among America’s churches and churchgoers over God. “IS GOD DEAD?” became THE question of the time. This caused anxiety and uncertainty which caused a vacuum into which all kinds of alien philosophies and beliefs flooded: occultism, paganism, channeling, and New Age practices of every conceivable sort. This also opened up a torrent of “liberation” movements: sexual, women’s, and gays.
There were other factors that helped roll this revolution along, but you get the idea.
I was too young to realize all this was happening, but I knew that our culture was becoming more and more unsettled and angry. As I said before, I was sometimes alone in my beliefs and activities if they were contrary to the new belief system invading our world. I didn’t like any of it. I didn’t buy into any of it.
Where do we go from here?
- How about a serious return to family?– champion the family, defend it, make sure our family is as strong and healthy as possible.
- How about a return to religion? Let’s see what the scriptures say about how to live this life. Let’s attend our church every Sunday. Let’s give service and kindness and patience to our friends and neighbors. Learn how to pray. Prayers are answered!
- How about a return to some serious development of our gray matter. Turn off the tv- which is written for 8th grade minds. Let’s put down some of the technology we’re addicted to. How about reading a book by Victor Hugo, or Mark Twain, or Jack London, or Ayn Rand.
- How about a visit to the mountains, or beach, or desert and enjoy some of God’s creations.
There really are ways that we can either be at war with our soul, or at peace. It all depends on what we buy into.