A Christian apologist and author says the Church in America needs to essentially "grow a spine" if there's any hope for the traditional family structure to make a comeback.
A strong percentage of Americans recognize that family structures have changed dramatically in the last ten years, with a growing acceptance of "gay marriage," cohabitation, single parenthood, and out-of-wedlock births – but they say it makes no difference.
Sixteen percent of those responding to a Pew Research Poll said the profound changes in American family structures have been a "bad thing" for the country; 30% say it's been a "good thing" – but fully 45% of Americans say it has made no difference at all. Those are the findings of the Pew poll published earlier this year.
Christian apologist Dr. Alex McFarland says one has to twist what "making a difference" means for the poll to make sense.
"Just because some people have 'made it' through life with little or no family structure doesn't mean that the family's unimportant," he shares. "People can survive without a nuclear family, people can survive without one of their limbs – but that's not ideal."
Ten years ago, the U.S. was fairly evenly split on the three choices of outcomes from a changing family structure – good (34%), bad (29%), or indifferent (32%).
McFarland says the trend away from it being a bad thing and toward thinking it's a good or indifferent thing tracks with the country's move away from church. The Christian author and teacher argues it's time for the Body of Christ to "muster some moral and theological courage" and once again become the moral conscience of the country.
"[The Church is called] to boldly set forth as the standard the things that God says are right and true and healthy, upright and good," he tells OneNewsNow. "If the church of Jesus Christ doesn't champion these things, who is?"
Answering his own question, he says it certainly won't be Democrats who "have wed themselves to a platform of lies," nor will it be Hollywood which "makes its money off the demeaning of the human condition."
"It's got to be Christians and churches that proclaim truth," McFarland urges.