Our Threatened Freedom

Are Parents Being Abused? (03:56)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J. Rushdoony: 00:00 Are parents being abused? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:08 We hear a great deal these days about child abuse, much too little, however, or nothing at all, about parental abuse. Make no mistake about it, parents are abused.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:21 About a century ago, psychologists, [inaudible 00:00:24], and psychoanalysts began to provide everyone who messed up his or her life with a very convenient excuse, “My parents did it to me.” Now, granted, more than a few parents are very poor parents. But the foundation of all sound aural systems is that whatever others may do to us or for us, we are personally responsible for what we are and do. An excuse, however, was provided by these men, “My parents did it to me.”

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:00 Some educators, not all, got into the act. Their excuse for failure was the family, the parents. Is Johnny doing badly or is he a problem at school? Don’t blame Johnny, blame his parents. They are doing too much or too little and, whichever it is, they are all wrong.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:20 Sociologists, child welfare workers, and the courts, got into the act. One idiot judge once remarked that there was no such thing as a bad child, only bad families. In other words, no one is a sinner, and all children are dear angelic innocents until they grow up and become parents. Then, suddenly, they are the root of all evil.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:45 Parents are so abused today that we can be grateful that a strong, natural urge impels people to marry and to have children. Otherwise, with all the abuse parents get, it would be an unpopular calling.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:01 On top of that, our courts are beginning to side with children in some very ugly situations. If you strike your child with just cause to chastise him, you can be in serious trouble if he files a complaint against you. Some school counselors urge such children to file a complaint. However, if your child defies you and strikes you savagely, a welfare worker, counselor or court, may well side with the child.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:30 Parents are being abused on all sides and their love and work is underrated. No one but a father or a mother has the patience of love, which rearing a child requires. There can be no healthier environment for any child than the family and parental love and patience. Again and again, when God and the Bible wants to tell His people how great His love and patience with them is, He compares Himself to a husband or to a father and a mother.

R.J. Rushdoony: 03:02 God’s images of His love are drawn from family life. All this abuse of parents is a very deadly evil. It is destroying the very foundations of life, and it is creating social conflict and disorientation to an unequaled degree.

R.J. Rushdoony: 03:22 When the Ten Commandments call for honoring our father and mother, the promise for obedience is a long and good life for individuals and nations. In other words, parental abuse is a ticket to a short life for men and nations or a civilization.

R.J. Rushdoony: 03:39 But what are we doing? In at least two states, there are legal efforts underway in the courts to remove the Ten Commandments from public buildings, court rooms, and classrooms.

R.J. Rushdoony: 03:51 This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedoms.

Rev. R.J. Rushdoony (1916–2001), was a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerous works on the application of Biblical law to society. He started the Chalcedon Foundation in 1965.  His Institutes of Biblical Law (1973) began the contemporary theonomy movement which posits the validity of Biblical law as God’s standard of obedience for all. He therefore saw God’s law as the basis of the modern Christian response to the cultural decline, one he attributed to the church’s false view of God’s law being opposed to His grace. This broad Christian response he described as “Christian Reconstruction.”  He is credited with igniting the modern Christian school and homeschooling movements in the mid to late 20th century. He also traveled extensively lecturing and serving as an expert witness in numerous court cases regarding religious liberty. Many ministry and educational efforts that continue today, took their philosophical and Biblical roots from his lectures and books.

Learn more about R.J. Rushdoony by visiting: https://chalcedon.edu/founder