Forgotten Platform

From the November 2004 Trumpet Print Edition

In American politics the past several months, much has been said about national security, the economy, jobs, social security and health care. Sadly, we have heard little or nothing about another dangerous threat facing our nation—the breakdown in family. Our politicians, our commentators, our academics, the media—have all but given up the struggle to promote and safeguard traditional family values. Indeed, many of these powerful voices are actually working actively to undermine the family.

Perhaps some leaders don’t feel qualified to speak to the defense of marriage and family because of their own background. Consider the speakers at one political convention a few months back. One had previously admitted to sexually harassing women. He is also a strong defender of abortion and homosexual rights. Another speaker has a homosexual daughter—he too is a proponent of same-sex marriage. Two other speakers at the convention got caught up in high-profile, messy divorces. One was in such a bad marriage that he had to move out of New York City’s mayoral mansion—that city’s first mayor to ever do so.

Those were speakers at the Republican Convention—supposedly the more conservative leadership when it comes to traditional “values.”

“Since it is a basic truism that a solid family structure is the foundational bulwark of any stable and permanent society,” Herbert Armstrong wrote in The Missing Dimension in Sex, “this fact means only one thing—civilization as we know it is on the way down—and outunless that great ‘Unseen Strong Hand from Someplace’ soon intervenes and saves today’s sick society.”

Thankfully, that Strong Hand will intervene and save humankind from destroying itself (Matthew 24:21-22).