In this series, we are identifying the 7 principles of our Judeo-Christian heritage. The second principle of our Judeo-Christian heritage is based on Genesis 2:24, which gives us God’s definition of marriage.
Genesis 2:24 (NKJV)
Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother, and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Since the joining together of Adam and Eve, marriage has been recognized as a holy union between one man and one woman, and out of that union comes children – born into a home with a father and mother to love them, nurture them, and teach them how to become healthy, productive, and responsible citizens.
Benjamin Harrison, our 23rd president, said, “If you take out of your statutes, your constitution, your family life, all that is taken from the Sacred Book, what would there be left to bind society together?”
The plan of God, nature, and common sense is a man and a woman producing children within the institution of marriage. World history has proven over and over again that when that plan is lost, marriage and family become meaningless, and a nation and its people eventually follow the road to ruin. Preserving the traditional family is vital to the future of any great nation.
Daniel Webster, Secretary of State under three Presidents, said, “If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our nation will go on prospering.”
Here’s how we could sum up the first two principles as they relate to the success of a nation: When the family unit breaks down, society breaks down, and when society breaks down, a nation collapses. Simply put, nations collapse when families collapse.