Our Nation is broken, falling apart, crumbling. Our government is corrupting into a monstrous mess of unprincipled and dishonest actions and choices. The morality of our society is declining rapidly, with such intensity that almost all of the modesty, propriety and decorum which defines a civil and refined society, are being dashed to pieces by that which is vulgar, base, and carnal. We face all around us a Nation full of broken individuals; we see hurt, sorrow, heartache, loneliness; we see individuals with wounds gaping so deep and so severe that despair becomes all-encompassing with no hope of curing or healing these terrible wounds. Why? Why is there so much pain and suffering? Why is our moral compass completely falling apart? What is it that we are missing?
Family. The Family is being destroyed. Our Nation has sunk into a popular culture1 which is destroying the very foundation upon which a free and productive society is built2 . How can “we the People”3 stand strong and firm upon a foundation that is crumbling to dust and being swept from underneath our feet? The Family is the most basic, fundamental unit of society.4 It is the unit which all other units in society are built upon. Pope John Paul II said, “As the family goes, so goes the nation, and so goes the whole world in which we live.” A strong and healthy family unit is the best place for individuals to find true joy; it creates the best environment to teach and to learn, to love and be loved. The Ideal family unit – a man and a woman committed to each other through marriage and to their children through sacrifice – sacrificing to stay together, sacrificing to bring children into their family and sacrificing to rear and nurture those children5. This unit produces well-rounded, morally strong, principled people and contributing members of society. The success of other organizations in society – such as businesses, schools, communities, local and federal governments – are all dependent upon such people who have been raised in a family that taught them to be honest and hard-working, to love and serve neighbors, to be fiscally responsible and to obey the laws of the land6. Of course, this is best accomplished in an ideal family, but it is completely understood that, “disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation.”7
However, instead of our Nation being strong, because its foundation of families is firm and fortified, our great Nation has been severely weakened by a Popular Culture of ever-shifting morals and values;8 a Culture that has forsaken the Almighty God; a Culture that focuses primarily on selfish individualism;9 a Culture that is destroying families. We see evidences of the trail of slime and filth that follows wherever this Popular Culture of our day leads. The most blatant example is in the messages of the media as we see seductive, saucy, socially-aggressive women10 slink across the TV and movie screens and even popular magazines11 in attempts to convey the message that looks are everything, that “it's my body, I can do what I want,” that marriage is inconvenient, and children are obstacles and stumbling blocks in the way of self-glamorizing fulfillment.
These Popular messages are aimed most powerfully at young women12, because young women are the future mothers and wives, the critical keystone for creating successful families, the future bearers and nurturers of life and family. This Anti-family Culture submerses us in messages of selfish individualism13, calling good evil and evil good.14 Instead of being viewed as the Noble calling that it is, this popular culture deems Motherhood to be burdensome, tiring, dirty and essentially a bad decision that should be shunned. While on the other hand, the vulgar and murderous act of abortion is esteemed to be liberating and good, even an essential that should be embraced. Pope John Paul II also said, “The first and most fundamental of all human rights is the right to life, and when this right is denied, all other rights are threatened....A society will be judged upon the basis of how it treats its weakest members; and among the most vulnerable are surely [those] unborn.” This selfishness that is so celebrated in our popular culture is not only killing our unborn children but killing the very sanctity and sacredness of life in our great Nation. It is creating a generation of women, future mothers, who are being deceived into selfishly sacrificing their unborn-children on the Alter of Vanity, to the Idol of Superficial Materialism.
I would submit to you that the power and influence that this popular Anti-Children15, Anti-Family Culture has over our society and Nation is incurring the indignation and wrath of God16, and that the further disintegration of the family will undoubtedly bring upon our Nation great calamities17 from the Sword of Justice18 that is swinging over the head and body of our Nation.
Throughout all the History of the world, there has never been a greater need to heal and protect this divine institution of the Family than there is now. Our Nation is calling and pleading for a generation of healers to rebuild, to defend against the destroying messages of the Popular Culture, to protect at all costs this sacred Family unit. Great is the task, and great is the call, but I believe that even greater is the generation that will rise to the occasion and accept the call to duty that beckons so earnestly to be honored by a faithful generation. The family is the most basic, fundamental unit of society, and we need a valiant generation of virtuous young women and young men who know19, and who are committed to living their divine roles of Motherhood and Fatherhood, of Husband and Wife, lawfully wedded, willing to welcome and nurture children in their homes20. Our Nation is calling for a generation of warriors who know21 and understand the sanctity of life22, and who will step up to the front of the battle lines with that understanding, and engage in the persuasion of defending the unborn and their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness23. A generation of young women properly prepared in the art of motherhood to teach, to heal and to defend families from the influences of the distorting and destructive messages of sleazy popular culture; and a generation of young men valiantly armed to provide for and protect families against any plague24, any weapon, and any culture that could cause harm to vulnerable families.
Our Broken Nation has sounded its call. Who will answer? Will you? When we Heal Families, we will truly Heal our Nation.
1. See M. Russel Ballard, “Women of Righteousness,” Ensign, April 2002, 66-73.
2. See Julie B. Beck, “Teaching the Doctrine of the Family,” Seminaries and Institutes of Religion Satellite Broadcast, Aug. 4, 2009, page 5.