It may depend on which research statistics we've just...

It may depend on which research statistics we've just read whether we suppose the family is a failing institution or it is holding its own. But we don't need statistics to tell us that the sense of family has been under severe attack in modern society. Outspoken advocacy of "open" marriages has now given way to pervasive, if subtle, advertising for self-fulfillment at any cost.

Perhaps one thing is becoming clear. The sense of family we remember with the greatest tenderness and the sense of family we yearn to see more of—among relatives or in business or in church—has little or no basis in material circumstance. It arises instead from spirituality, from Christly love.

How's the family?
February 23, 1987

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