As I see the world changing about me, I have to stop and say that not all change is good. Some fundamental good things remain good and fundamental things that are evil stay evil. There is black and white in the world; it is not all shades of gray.
All of us have been born of a woman and some of us are fortunate to have been born into a family with also a father – that family unit is good. The family with a married mother and father committed to one another and to their children is good. Marriages can have their trials and the couples who work together to overcome those trials and stay together are considered to be working toward the good. There are many things in our daily life that tend to draw couples apart, and they must work hard to retain that love for one another that brought them to make that marriage commitment in the first place.
Married couples who look to each other for their strength to stay committed can survive the pull of the world that tends to draw them apart. There is a great deal of satisfaction that comes from being loved and cared for by your spouse and from the loving partnership formed to raise your children. If you persevere, the rewards of watching your children grow and mature and become and stay best friends into adulthood is a great and very precious treasure.
And so if we begin to redefine life’s most basic unit of the family supported through marriage, we jeopardize one of our most basic goods. Over time, society has stood by while marriage has been weakened through casual commitments, divorce, couples living together outside marriage, casual sex, pornography and now a movement to somehow call a relationship of sex between two men or two women a marriage.
I say enough is enough. We must take back and strengthen marriage and its purpose and the good things that matter – for everyone’s sake.
JAMES A. DELANEY