Not every family in America is of Judaeo-Christian heritage. Other faiths, and no faith at all, moreover, have manifest themselves in families which produce productive citizens. Yet, without the powerful influence of the Judaeo-Christian Tradition, as the backbone of the American family, it is doubtful that our nation would have achieved such greatness.
Furthermore, by eliminating the Judaeo-Christian heritage from the American landscape, it is inarguable that the nation is crumbling at its core.
Yet, what is the vitality of Judaeo-Christianity to the great American experiment?
"God sets a father in honor over his children;
a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons.
Whoever honors his father atones for sins,
and preserves himself from them.
When he prays, he is heard;
he stores up riches who reveres his mother." Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14
God has set up the perfect system for a thriving nation in the nuclear family, the vital, and fundamental, building block of the healthy nation. God has created man for woman, and woman for man, in a mutual self-giving gift of Love. This self-giving gift--readily apparent to all honest people when considering the obvious biological and physiological compatibilities of the sexual organs of a man and a woman--is the one natural source of human life. Family, in father, mother, and child (children) is not only God's plan for a thriving nation, it is nature's design!
Nations that thrive, respect families which are composed, primarily, of fathers and mothers and children. Through no fault of their own, single family parents do the right thing in bringing up their children. Yet, a society which makes divorce an easy thing, kills itself on its most basic level. Moreover, nations which encourage adoption over abortion reign supreme in the eyes of God, and thrive economically through an abundance of children growing up and replacing an aging work force.
"Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways!… Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your home; your children like olive plants around your table." Psalm 128:1-5
Judaeo-Christian virtue encourages respect of our fellow family members. Husbands must respect their wives, wives their husbands, children their parents, and vice versa. Judaeo-Christianity also encourages fidelity and unity through the toughest of times. Adultery, divorce, abuse, and neglect are the antithesis of the Judaeo-Christian family, modeled perfectly on the Holy Family consisting of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Sadly, the American Christian and Jew has often fallen prey to the temptation to become like the popular society. This has produced many a dysfunctional, disrupted, divorced, and damaged Judaeo-Christian nuclear family.
Like a cancer cell it has spread to the whole of the national body. So what are we to do?
"Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
the peace into which you were also called in one body.
And be thankful." Colossians 3:12-21
For the sake of our nation, cafeteria Judaeo-Christians must put down their plastic forks and spit out the fatty cafeteria foods of popular society, and return, immediately, to the fine wine and rich, nutritious food of the Judaeo-Christian Truth.
Our nation is starving from a gluttony of emptiness.
America needs to return to the food of repentance, to the wine of faith, and to the Just desserts in God's Mercy and Truth. And it must start with Judaeo-Christian family forgiveness, reconciliation, and a return to our healthy roots in a life pleasing to God.
"When the magi had departed, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,
'Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt,
and stay there until I tell you.'" Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23
Our nation will heal all of its wounds when parents once again listen to the Word of God in Sacred Scripture, and the perennial teaching of Judaeo-Christian Wisdom, and flee the Egypt of popular culture, finding freedom and safety in the Mercy and Wisdom of God. Parents, we love our children, and we desire a greater love with our spouse. Popular culture in America will never bring about this greater love.
Wake up before it's too late. Return to the faith that fosters real family life. Return to the God of both Love and Life, freedom and responsibility. Popular culture only offers lies, wrapped in promises of immediate gratification. Tasty poison it is! God offers eternal rewards in a life lived within the family--yes, this is often challenging, but it is also rewarding beyond comparison!
Pray for the American family, return to God, and build the nucleus of a greater America.