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Motherhood and Apple Pie!

Motherhood and Apple Pie!

Years ago, people generally spoke of motherhood and apple pie as quintessential qualities that would always define America. Okay, baseball sometimes gets pitched in too. Today, sadly, America has descended into a strange antipathy for motherhood. The evidence:

  1. With great vigilance, America’s government and culture defends the “right” to kill innocent babies at will in a mother’s womb. America even uses the force of politics to ensure that taxpayers play a part in subsidizing this atrocity against motherhood. Planned Parenthood provides for some 327,000 abortions per year and government grants, funds, and reimbursements account for 41% of their income. I know of no greater evidence of a nation’s rising antipathy for motherhood than this.
  2. America has radically altered the legal definition of marriage itself to marginalize motherhood. If any two males (or three or five) can now constitute a “marriage” and adopt children into their redefined “family” on fully equal terms, then motherhood has been legally regarded as disposable. The sacred and specific qualities of motherhood and fatherhood are devalued when “marriage” is redefined in a way that displaces either one.
  3. As of 2015, America can officially send young moms into active combat with lethal enemies. This is a natural result, in my view, of our growing disregard for the significance of motherhood and the ongoing emasculation of vast numbers of American males. There are other good reasons to oppose women intentionally being placed into lethal combat on front lines but the motherhood factor is the most important one to mention here.

None of the three national pathologies above could possibly flourish free of serious opposition in a nation that seriously honored motherhood. British author G.K. Chesterton (1874–1936) once said, “This triangle of truisms, of father, mother and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.”

As multiple free-for-all definitions of marriage and family “evolve,” culturally and legally, such terms as “husband”, “wife”, “father”, and “mother” become increasingly less meaningful. Some states have already passed measures to cleanse public documents from such allegedly horrific and hateful terms as “husband”, “wife”, “father”, and “mother.” Genderless definitions (forced on us from the top down) mean that “motherhood” and “fatherhood” must morph into an amorphous and neutered form of “whateverhood” in an anything goes culture.

In her speech at The King’s College in New York (March, 2010), Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder of The Ruth Institute, said, “For the state to make a proclamation that mothers and fathers are intrinsically interchangeable and that nobody’s allowed to say otherwise, that is not really true.” Sadly, truth may be one principle in America today that gets even less respect than motherhood.

But take heart, most Americans still love apple pie!

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About the Author:

Joel graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A., completing two majors: Art and Religion. He went on to earn the Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. The views expressed on this blog are personal and belong to Joel Solliday unless otherwise stated. They are not, intended to characterize the views of the Lewiston Church of Christ or other organizations to which I may refer.