Our Threatened Freedom

Is There A War Against The Family? (04:07)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J.: 00:00 Is there a war against the family? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom. All of us assume that we know what a family is and that there can be no argument about its definition. After all, we grow up and live in a family. Few things are more familiar to us. However, lately the family has been the target of a very serious redefinition by federal agencies, one of the most radical and revolutionary steps in the history of the family. According to these peoples, there are two kinds of families. The new family is the voluntary family, whereas the older and traditional form is the coercive family. It is important for us to understand what these terms mean. The voluntary family is seen as any association in a common dwelling of two arm or homosexuals are lesbians. It can also mean a sexual commune or living together of a group of runaway youth.

R.J.: 01:08 Such a family is regarded as having a moral status because it is a free or voluntary association, not a compulsory or a necessary one. What we are being told that the voluntary family must be granted status and legal protection. The other kind of family we are told is the traditional or biblical family pattern. This is called coercive, and thus by implication downgraded. The family members in the traditional family are supposedly not free or are less free than those in the voluntary family and hence not as socially advanced. Some have advocated as a right for children the freedom to move out and choose their own homes. Now the so-called voluntary family is really an anti-family group, a part of a group in war against the family. Someone once said that fascism would come in the name of antifascism. We can add that the planned destruction of the family is coming in the name of the family, the voluntary family.

R.J.: 02:22 The Biblical family pattern, however, is basic to the life of man [inaudible 00:02:27] mentally emotional and moral stability. To weaken the family is do weekend man and civilization. Carl C. Zimmerman, a Harvard sociologist, in his study of family and civilization showed that the rise and fall of the stability and centrality of the family is basic to the rise and fall of civilization. Zimmerman showed how disastrous it has been again and again to the family’s role in the life of man with an emphasis on [inaudible 00:03:04]. When men trust in sex as the marital and psychological cure all, they do major damage both to the person and to the family. They also produce amoral anarchism.

R.J.: 03:17 Zimmerman in The Family of Tomorrow referred to a common theme in moral novels. This theme is, why did the world have to wreck my life? The truer question is, of course, why did I wreck my life? What right do I have to revolutionize the world and the family because I am a failure? The failures of our days see themselves as an avant garde whose duty it is to change the world and make all things over in terms of their failure and their own sins. As a result, we have a war against the family, and we had better know it. Our future is at stake. This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.

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