Children of Wrath

The U.S. per-capita rate for violent crime in 1960 stood at 160.9 (per 100,000).  Then the rate suddenly exploded, reaching a high in the early 1990s of 758.1, an increase of just over 470%.  Today the rate stands at approximately 403.6, something of an improvement over the early 90s, but still far in excess of what was the norm fifty years ago.  Looking at these rates one has to ask what could account for such an outpouring of violence?  How did we become a Clockwork Orange society, and is it possible to reverse the trend?

In Ephesians 6, Paul the Apostle wrote:


Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Col. 3.20


Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;


that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. Ex. 20.12 · Deut. 5.16


And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: Col. 3.21 but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.


In 1969, then Governor of California Ronald Reagan signed into law the nation’s first “no fault” divorce legislation.  The rest of the states quickly followed suit, and “no-fault” divorce became the norm across the country, with a resultant uptick in the divorce rate from 10% to 50%.  Along with this uptick in divorce came the exclusion of fathers from their children’s lives as “family court” (as if) judges awarded custody to mothers in over 90% of divorces, without regard to who filed the divorce (after all, it IS “no fault”).

The Biblical admonition from Paul hearkens back to Moses, and Moses hearkens back further himself.  Paul said that honoring one’s parents is the “first commandment”, yet it is NOT the first commandment of the Ten Commandments.  How then is this command the “first commandment”?

The command to honor one’s parents was the first of the Ten that dealt specifically with man’s relationship to his fellow man.  Preceding commandments, such as the admonitions against blasphemy and idolatry, dealt with man’s relationship to God.  The very first law that a child learns is the law of his parents.  If he ignores that law and disregards that authority then he will learn obedience to no other law.  If a child holds his parents in contempt then the church, school, and civil government need expect no respect for their authority.

Since the passage of no fault divorce we have raised a generation of children whose fathers have been forcibly excluded from their lives.  It is the responsibility of the father, first and foremost, to teach children to avoid the path of wrath.  Yet we live in a time where men believe we can raise peaceable children in the absence of fathers.  The result of that experiment is now being seen in the bloodshed that stains our nation.

Finally, consider that children are told to honor their parents so that it “may be well” for them, and that they “may live long on the Earth.”  Our national rate of bastardy now stands at over 50% for births to women under age 30, an all-time high since records have been kept.  Couple this with the fact that our divorce rate stands at around 50%, and what we have created is a society where children who have a father in their home have become a minority; and a minority which is rapidly shrinking.  The outcome of fatherless children will inevitably be a generation of wrath.  In removal of fathers from the home our leaders have sown the whirlwind, and now are praying for a crop failure.




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3 responses to “Children of Wrath

  1. freebird

    Most of the media hysterical demonization of men is funded by the government itself via grants to NGO’s that sockpuppet false statistics in the furtherance of
    draconian misandrist laws.
    This self justifying circular system is a total hoax,Oprah and Dr.Phil are agents of disinformation.

    The presumption of guilt in the courts pre-empts most would-be pro-male activists.

    Lots of men ghost,soon that will not be safe either as the system runs out of low hanging fruit.
    Eventually they will turn upon the women as well,having established the precedent that men are not allowed the Right to their own flesh and blood, neither will women keep that transient “right.”

    By destroying mens rights women are undermining their own,but do not care as it pays them well for the time being.They are more selfish than smart.

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  3. Mensch

    Paul said that honoring one’s parents is the “first commandment”, yet it is NOT the first commandment of the Ten Commandments. How then is this command the “first commandment”?


    Here’s the verse to which you refer…

    Ephesians 6:2 (ESV):
    “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise)

    So we see that it’s not so much “the first commandment”, but rather it’s the first commandment with a promise. What is the promise?

    Exodus 20:12 (ESV):
    “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”

    Deuteronomy 5:16 (ESV):
    “‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”

    The promise is that if they keep this particular commandment, their lives in their new land will be long and go well.

    …Other than that, I agree completely with your article. A generation of wrath indeed. Isaiah saw it.

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