Despite good intentions, the Eyres twist scriptural construction in order to
support their family-oriented theme, and that sloppy scripture reading is what
the church did for 120 years to support a now-fully-discredited
"doctrine" banning blacks from priesthood and temple access. They take
a scripture addressing the need for cross-generational genealogical efforts
(turning the hearts of the fathers to the children and the children to the
fathers) and try to turn it into a nuclear-family guide for every day living.
If we learn anything from the 1978 revelation on universal priesthood and temple
access, it should be that construing scripture to meet culturally-based and
culturally-approved themes can lead to entrenched erroneous "doctrine."
Look to scripture for what it teaches, not for what it supports. A drunken man
leans against a lamp-post for support, not for illumination, even though
illumination is its purpose. The Eyre's theme is worthy. Their
scripture-twisting to find support for that theme is not.
Before I got married, I'd go to work, the people there became like family.
After work I had one particular bar I go to because every one there was regular
costumers. Even though I didn't know every one by name, there was a
understanding that we belonged, a family of a sorts. then after 3 or 4 cold ones
I'd go back to my apartment and go to bed. That was my family life. Than I
met my girl. And before I knew I was married with kids. There is something about
sharing my life with some one who cares and tries to protect me. I would not
want ever the single life again.
While the idea behind the message is good, I don't care for the messenger.
It bothers me they are still published in the Deseret News. The
trib made the Deseret News look like an embarrassment because of the
"borrowed" writing.The language is over the top. It seems
to me they are betting at borrowing words than at writing them. The
sentence "Our public and private sectors....substitute for them or to
undermine them." is 47 words long. Want to break it up a bit?
Absolutely right on target. And...part of the disintegration of society is
because of the attempted redefinition of marriage. The traditional family with
a father, a mother and a marriage is what will save society. Any other
situation will be the downfall of our civilization.