It is not always remembered in this day of feminism and crying out against sexist language, that when the word "man" was first used, it referred to all of humanity. It was intended to mean male and female together. This is how we find it used in its oldest form in the book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible. "And God created man in his own image, in the image of God, He created him, male and female, He created them."1 Here we see the essential truth that man was created male and female as an indivisible unit living and working together in peace, representing God on earth. When we speak of Man we are referring to man with woman at his side completing, complementing, and extending His works.
Whether you believe in God or not, you can probably recognize the essential importance of this relationship. The future of the human race and society itself is dependent upon man and woman being restored to each other. Children and families result from this relationship and accurately reflect it. In a society where proper bonding with parents does not occur, children grow up alienated and disconnected. If this cycle were to continue long enough, families and society would die out and eventually no children would be born.
In Genesis we find another essential truth that points out what God had intended for man. Genesis 2:24 says: For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and not ashamed. It was intended for male and female to come together as husband and wife in the most intimate relationship marriage, "one flesh." However as Man has fallen further and further away from his intended purpose, we see more and more the increase of every form of evil: seduction, rape, incest, adultery, fornication, prostitution, homosexuality, and lesbianism. All these acts are an attempt to replace what can only be had through the sacred, ordained relationship of marriage. Any other way of achieving this intended function of man will lead only into misery and destruction. On the other hand, those who respect and uphold the bond of marriage through love, loyalty, and respect could have children who will return a sense of dignity and worth to their humanity.
Yet we as a society have not maintained these traditional values but instead have chosen to be "liberated" from them. At one time the laws of the land would not allow the deviations and perversions listed earlier. Life used to be one of the family unit working hard to maintain a livelihood interspersed with moments of intimacy and contentment. This is no longer the case. Modern society has crept in with its "new found liberation" -- a world of birth control, divorce, abortion, and a general sense of moral laxness. The result is what was once considered evil is now commonplace and acceptable.
When sexual pleasure is the goal and marriage is not, the family is the first to suffer. Children grow up to be impositions on a busy couple only to be pushed off on the TV, public school, or video arcade. Finally, they either jump, fall or are pushed into life itself ready or not. Young people raised with no purpose waste their lives on cheap thrills and general purposelessness. What was not put into them in childhood they will never obtain in adulthood.
A society forced to liberalize its laws regulating the sexual behavior of its citizens in realms such as adultery, homosexuality and divorce will have to strengthen its welfare system to deal with the human fallout. Teen pregnancies, juvenile delinquency, child abuse, parental irresponsibility, failure to pay child support and state subsidized abortion will result. As a democracy, the laws of the land will reflect the society that they govern, Morally lax people will have morally lax laws. Children who were out of control will turn into out of control adults. The result of this will increase the need for correctional centers, medical care, psychiatric facilities, etc. Society will pay for the mothers who as wives were unloved by their children's fathers. Society will pay for increased damage done by youth who never learned proper behavior and respect when they were young. Here in society, we have seen a tremendous increase in government agencies and institutions who try and meet this increased demand on society.
God's laws are unalterable: Whatever people sow, they shall reap. Those who try to carry out the often tedious and thankless details of family and marriage will be honored for doing right with a life of peace, love, and children, "Unless the Lord had left us children, we would have become as Sodom and Gomorrah."2