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Division in families is heart-breaking, but today it has become the norm. Consider these divorce statistics and how they effect children:
Of course, all of these dismal statistics apply to children of families that have or had two married parents, which is not true of many children today. In the United States, since the 1960s, there has been a marked increase in the number of children living with a single parent only. In 1960 only 9 percent of USA children lived in single-parent households, while, 93 percent of white children and 75 percent of black children lived in two-parent homes. The 1980 United States Census reported that 19.5% were single parent households at that time. 20 Years later, the 2010 United States Census showed a jump in that statistic up to 27% of all children living with only one parent. As we approach the start of a new decade, it is likely that number has continued to rise, estimated now at a third or more of American children living with one parent only. It is even worse than that for children of some segments of society.
Don Lemon on Saturday, July 27th, 2013 in a commentary on CNN, stated that more than 72 percent of African-American births are out of wedlock. Here is exactly what he said:
Lemon took a lot of flack in social media for this factual statement, and yet, as Lemon pointed out, the lack of the father in the home continues to be a root cause of social troubles in the African-American community, with the same cause of massive problems for a growing number of families across the board. Responsible fathers provide a stability in the home that children desperately need, much to the chagrin of many today. We need to look no further than this one problem to discover why so many young people today find it difficult to cope with complex relationships, and why society seems to be getting, well, so crazy. The feminist sexual revolution, so prized by many today, has destroyed families, and since families are the foundation on which society is built, has devastated society as well. If you think that is an over-statement, look again at the data above for 1960, just before the feminist sexual revolution, and compare that to where we are at today. As we pointed out, in 1960 only 9 percent of USA children lived in single-parent households, while, 93 percent of white children and 75 percent of black children lived in two-parent homes. Today numbers like that are an impossible dream.
I am merely pointing out the obvious reason why so many people are finding it so difficult to get along. None of this is written here to attack people who have been casualties of the cultural revolution documented in this article. Far from it. All of us have been victims of massive propaganda over the last 60 years that was meant to cause the very social chaos that we are now all living with.
If you see what I am saying, have some compassion on the "crazy people" who don't understand how the universe is really meant to work, especially if they are part of your extended family. They have been doing the best they can, in many cases having nothing and no one to point the way for them, and they really don't know they are off exploring an impossible rabbit hole. Many young people have good reason to be so angry, having been robbed in their childhood of the stable and balanced family nest all children need to thrive and grow - even if they don't even know that is their underlying problem. If you are an older person who has seen all of this social change unfold over the decades, and you know the difference between sanity and this mess we have now - well, if that's you then you might be old and tired, but your work here isn't done. Pray and ask the Father to bring at least one such young person into your life who is willing to receive a little love and wisdom, and the knowledge of God. We can't save them all. But it's still not too late to help some of them to get pointed in the right direction. There are young people out there who are yearning to find a faithful and wise old mentor who will receive them without judgment, with the Father's heart. Maybe you can be that guy.
This newsletter was inspired by the story of the Prodigal Son, found in Luke 15. Never has that parable been more relevant than it is right now, in 2019. Join us tonight for our live Tsiyon meeting, at 8 PM CST at Tsiyon.Net. Learn what that parable means for us, here in these Last Days.
NOTE FROM ELIYAHU: Particularly since mid-decade Iran has been maneuvering to get into the position it now occupies in Syria, directly commanding such allies as the Syrian military, Hezbollah, and others, with well over 100,000 advanced missiles aimed at Israel, and with the Russians providing an umbrella of protection for the Muslim alliance. Getting into strategic position on the border with Israel was the first stage of the Psalm 83 War. Notice the purpose of the Psalm 83 War and compare it to the article that follows:
The final stage of the Psalm 83 War is locked and loaded, just waiting for someone to pull the trigger.
The deputy head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said Monday that Tehran’s strategy was to eventually wipe Israel off the “global political map.”
Asked by a reporter in Tehran about Israeli threats to strike Iranian forces deployed in Syria, Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami was quoted by Iranian news outlets as saying, “Our strategy is to erase Israel from the global political map. And it seems that, considering the evil that Israel is doing, it is bringing itself closer to that.”
He added: “We announce that if Israel does anything to start a new war, it will obviously be the war that will end with its elimination, and the occupied territories will be returned. The Israelis will not have even a cemetery in Palestine to bury their own corpses.”
Salami’s comments followed a series of reciprocal taunts by Israeli and Iranian leaders in recent weeks as tensions have risen on the Israeli-Syrian border between IDF and Iranian forces.
Last week, Israel reportedly conducted a rare daylight missile attack on Iranian targets in Syria. In response, Iran fired a surface-to-surface missile from Syria at the northern Golan Heights, which was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system over the Mount Hermon ski resort, according to the Israel Defense Forces.
Hours later, in the predawn hours of January 21, the Israeli Air Force launched retaliatory strikes on Iranian targets near Damascus and on the Syrian air defense batteries that fired upon the attacking Israeli fighter jets, the army said.
Twenty-one people were killed in the Israeli raids in Syria on January 21, 12 of them Iranian fighters, a Britain-based Syrian war monitor said the following day.
According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 12 of those killed were members of Salami’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, six were Syrian military fighters, and the other three were other non-Syrian nationals.
Israel sees Iranian entrenchment in Syria as a major threat and in recent years has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria against targets linked to Iran, which alongside its proxies and Russia is fighting on behalf of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Earlier this week, Iran’s military chief of staff indicated Tehran was preparing to adopt offensive military tactics to protect its national interests, an apparent reference to its posture in Syria toward Israel.
“Among the country’s broad strategies, there is a defensive strategy. We defend the independence and territorial integrity and national interests of the country,” Gen. Mohammad Bagheri was quoted as saying by Press TV on Sunday.
He said Iran did not intend to seize foreign territory, but “to protect our national achievements and interests, we may adopt an offensive approach.”
Also Sunday, the commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces, Brig. Gen. Kiumars Heidari, said his troops had transformed into a “forward-moving and offensive” force.
“To protect Iran, the armed forces no longer need asymmetric approaches, and we are at a stage where we can defend our homeland… by using good offensive approaches,” he said, according to Press TV.
The announcements by top Iranian brass comes days after the Islamic Republic held its annual infantry drill, involving some 12,000 troops, fighter jets, armored vehicles and drones.
The exercise, which Iranian officials called “war games,” involved newly developed rapid redeployment units, and focused on combat against enemies and armed militants, Reuters reported on Thursday.
General Heidari told state TV last week the exercise exemplified Iran’s military capabilities, and demonstrated to its enemies that they would be dealt a “rapid and crushing blow” if they attacked the Islamic Republic, Reuters reported.
Iran regularly holds exercises to display its military preparedness and has vowed to respond strongly to any attack by Israel or the United States, both of which view it as a regional menace.
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