Problems of the Heart Can't Be Solved by Government

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Monday, September 10, 2001

Problems of the Heart Can't Be Solved by Government

The many organizations trying to persuade the unsaved to behave according to biblical principles ought to consider where the real problem lies.

New census figures reveal that the most significant increases in the number of unmarried people who live together are occurring in the Bible Belt states. The number of unmarried people living together has jumped 72 percent over the past decade, from 500,000 in 1990 to 930,000 today. The biggest increase is in the South and Midwest.

There is no social stigma for nonmarital co-habitation, anymore than there is societal disapproval for having children out of wedlock.

Other surveys find just as many Christians divorcing as non-Christians and just as many Christian teenagers as non-Christians having premarital sex.

Yet, some tell us the problem and the answer lies here in Washington. It doesn't. The problem is in the human heart. If the church can't keep its own straight, why should the unchurched listen to its voice?

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