Jeff and I had a conversation tonight about the new "normal." So many people accept that cohabitation is fine because everyone is doing it. And single parent homes are "normal" also. I had a young mom tell me that because she turned out fine without a dad in her life her son should be just fine - although she's already noticed how he responds and listens better to male figures in his life. It's so sad to see young moms assume that single parenthood is "normal." And I certainly realize there are circumstances that sometimes prevent the dad from being in the picture: death, physical/sexual abuse, prison, military service. But if dad can't be there then make sure a father figure is there, especially for the sake of your sons: an uncle, grandpa, or a godly caring man from church. And if you're single and you have children, put your child before yourself. Please don't date the registered sex offender. Please don't date the man who is a known cheater. Please don't date the man who is an alcoholic. Think about how the person you date will interact with your child/children.
There is also an entire generation of young people who do not see the need for church. They see it as completely unnecessary. It's so sad to see the spiritual state of so many young adults ages 18-30. But who has failed them? Sure, their parents have failed them, but so have we, the ambassadors of the Gospel. Are we boldly sharing the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ? Are we seeking to build relationships with unbelievers so that we can point them toward the One who is their only Rescuer?
The brokenness we see in the world is not truly new, it's a remake of the same sinful patterns that have been followed for thousands of years. There will be a day when all things will be made new, even my sinful nature. Then life will return to the normal that God and Adam and Eve once knew. "Even so come, Lord Jesus!"
"There is no new thing under the sun." Eccl. 1:9