Saturday, September 26, 2015
The new marginalized. . .
Jump ahead 50-60 years and we find a radically different landscape. The new marginalized are those same stable families: dad, mom, and their children. The churches who were once willing or at least tacit partners in this endeavor are more and more sidelined from the public square, the object of ridicule in the media, and persecuted for stances that conflict with the current version of political correctness. Nearly everything around us has been transformed to fit the minorities (not thinking here of minority in the traditional sense of that term). At one time Blacks, Hispanics, Latinos, Asians, and nearly every other minority joined the majority in desiring and working toward solid, enduring families in which to raise productive successful children. Now those same minorities find their traditional moralities challenged just as powerfully as the old majority.
The new marginalized are the marrieds who stay married through thick and thin, who have children and raise them up with faith and values, who pass on the virtue of hard work, who take their children with them to church on Sunday morning and take just as big an interest in their religious life and education as their soccer and dance interests. The new marginalized are the once stable and enduring families who cared for aged parents and grandparents so they could live within their communities and not be shipped off to nursing homes or assisted living centers (unless absolutely necessary). The new marginalized are those who prefer a polite speech which is mostly free of vulgarity over the more honest speech which says what the people think without deleting the expletives or cleaning up the vocabulary.
If you are reading this blog, you are probably part of those newly marginalized, punted to the fringes of our American life (in public if not in private). You are those who might be accused of hate speech for not championing same sex marriage or of polluting the good earth for not limiting the size of your family to reduce the carbon imprint of your presence or of being stupid and naive for valuing family as high as career or of being anti-intellectual for dressing up for church on Sunday morning or of being abusive for believing in and teaching your children the value of honest hard work.
Now we can complain about this all day long -- but it will do nothing except mark us as whiners. What we can do is build a new culture from the fringes. Our fascination with narcissistic and self-absorbed lives cannot endure -- it is economically unsustainable. So if we concern ourselves with a robust apologetic to those who challenge while at the same time making sure that we endeavor with all our might to strengthen families, restore God's purpose and order to marriage, have children and raise them up solidly in the faith, and practice responsible citizenship by example and by ballot, the day will come when the broken shards of civilization will look to us to rebuild what was broken by excess and short-sighted self-indulgence. Or maybe not and Christ will come to make it all irrelevant. In either case, God's will shall be done. Thanks be to God!