Unwed birth rate reaches all-time high in U.S.

The AP reports that a record number of babies were born in the US in 2007. Furthermore, “births to unwed mothers reached an all-time high of about 40 percent, continuing a trend begun years ago.” According to a leading fertility researcher at Duke, S. Philip Morgan, it has become more acceptable for women to have babies without husbands.

It used to be that shame and societal standards kept a fence about moral behavior. That does not mean that people did not occasionally cross that line, but they were more reluctant to do so because the stakes were higher. It is obvious that the US has been in a moral slide downwards for some time, but even today, I got an email disputing that. “People have always been that way” is the reasoning. Sorry, but that’s not accurate. What has become acceptable today would have landed you in jail or caused you to be ostracized by the community even 50 years ago.

Remember, Peter wrote of scoffers in the last days that would say things are the way they always have been (2Pe 3:3-4), even when things are actually growing worse (2Ti 3:1-5). What will the result be? They will be caught unawares (2Pe 3:5-6) just as they were in the days of Noah when they would be living their lives as though they would go on forever (Mt 24:38-39).

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