Family Restoration and Family Strength

Family restoration is what makes America strong – or not – and it begins at home.  During these challenging times parents, children, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles all make a tremendous difference.  As you focus on your family, make it strong. 

Regent University’s statement yesterday is helpful in this objective as we together advance to new heights.   
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (June 4, 2020) – Regent University mourns the tragic and wrongful death of George Floyd. We are heartbroken during this time, and we deplore every instance of racism, police brutality and evil acts of violence. We stand in support of all efforts of peaceful protest. We must emphasize forcefully that we are completely against rioting, looting, the wholesale destruction of private property and the taking of innocent lives.
Together, we look to the LORD and His Word for guidance. The Book of 1 John is clear in its charge to love one another and to place all our hope in Jesus Christ:
“7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (I John 4:7-11, NKJV)
Regent University’s mission is to bring forth Christian Leadership to Change the World. We are committed now more than ever to our mission, to placing our hope in Jesus Christ and to living out Christ’s example of humility and love toward all.
It is urgent that all members of the Regent community humbly seek the LORD and plead for His mercy and for the healing of our nation and communities. May the LORD reign in our hearts; may His Love prevail; and may His Holy Spirit prompt us to Holy acts of love.
Read the full statement here.  

Keep your family safe and strong – you will never regret that effort.


Marriage Rates & the Future of the Family

This guest post is offered by Kathleen E. Akers,* an economic consultant:

Just last month, the National Center for Health Statistics reported that marriage rates in the United States are at record lows. Recent statistics show “that adults in the United States are increasingly postponing marriage and that a record number of current youth and young adults are projected to forego marriage altogether.” 

Since 1900, marriage rates peaked at a rate of 16.4 (per 1,000 population) and have fluctuated in an overall decline since then, reaching a minimum of just 6.5 from 2017 to 2018.

United States marriage rate, 1900-2018
Rate per 1,000 population    Source: CDC/NCHS,National Vital Statistics System

While this study does not explicitly say that a declining marriage rate could have negative societal consequences, the National Center for Health Statistics goes so far as to say, “Marriage has been shown to be correlated with positive health outcomes and longevity, and a recent report showed that age-adjusted death rates for both males and females are lowest for those who were married at the time of death.”

Such positive benefits of marriage, and potential negative effects of declining marriage rates and dissolving marriages, were discussed in our recent article found in the University of Baltimore Law Review journal, titled “Solving the Millennial Marriage Evolution.” In that paper, we discuss how economic and legal marriage incentives have changed for the millennial generation. We also suggest certain explanations (or marital disincentives) for the declining marriage rate, including evolving social trends, increased cohabitation rates, higher unemployment for marriageable men, and even new levels of egocentricity in millennials. Furthermore, we discuss the extensive and well-evidenced societal benefits of marriage, which should make these declining marriage rates all the more concerning.

Marriage is a foundational pillar of society that should be treasured and incentivized by individuals and policy makers for current and future generations.  It is truly the heart of family restoration.

*Kathleen E. Akers is also coauthor of Law and Economics in Jane Austen (Lexington 2019). 

Law and Economics in Jane Austen traces principles of law and economics in sex, marriage and romance as set out in the novels of Jane Austen, unveiling how those meticulous principles still control today’s modern romance. Learn fascinating new insights into law and economics by seeing these disciplines through Jane Austen’s eyes. Uncovering the legal and economic principles that drove her stories, readers discover that love and money are constants in social connection. While culture may have changed over 300 years, principles of law and economics remain staples of modern romance – which is why Jane Austen continues to fascinate the modern mind.