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"Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you." (Exodus 20:12)

“Ordained by God as the basic unit of human organization, the family is ... the first school of human instruction. Parents take small, self-centered monsters, who spend much of their time screaming defiantly and hurling peas on the carpet, and teach them to share, to wait their turn, to respect others' property. These lessons translate into respect for others, self-restraint, obedience to law-in short, into the virtues of individual character that are vital to a society's survival.” (-- Charles Colson, 1931- )


“The Western family is rapidly approaching its third violent crisis. The climax will be reached before the end of the century. It will be reflected in extremely high rates of all the symptoms of family decay – divorce, childlessness, disloyalty of family members to each other, and the unwillingness of many persons to burden themselves with families. Even heterosexuality itself will be challenged. This development of antifamilism will be associated with a changed system of social relations in which more and more human behavior will be based on willed contract, compulsion, and temporary selfish interest rather than on family feeling and the voluntary willingness of persons to carry on their daily social duties...
"This crisis will be the third such manifestation of mass disregard of the family in Western society. The first occurred between 450 and 250 BC in Greece, and he second among our Roman forebears between AD 300 and 550”….. “Facing these crises, neither Greek nor Roman civilization was able to survive.”
(--Carle C. Zimmerman, in 1947, prominent Harvard sociologist, author of Family & Civilization. His objective was to investigate the connections between the kind of family that predominates within a civilization, and the vitality of that civilization.)

“The parent who does not teach his child to obey is being cruel to him. The habit of implicit obedience to parental authority is the foundation of good citizenship. More than that, it is the foundation of subjection to God's authority.” (Billy Graham)

“The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.” (The Duke of Windsor, 1894-1972)

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years." (Mark Twain, 1835-1910)

“Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.” (Proverbs 23:22)

Then Jeremiah said to the family of the Recabites, "This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'You have obeyed the command of your forefather Jonadab and have followed all his instructions and have done everything he ordered.' Therefore, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'Jonadab son of Recab will never fail to have a man to serve me.'" (Jeremiah 35:18-19)

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