Monday, May 8, 2006

How can so much change be so Bad

In a new article about America's Changing Rites of Passage it is becoming clearer and clearer where we are headed as a country. It is a sad day when the "rites" outlined in this article have become everyday no big deal issues. The sadder aspect is how many churches are embracing these "rites" without holding them up to the scrutiny of the Word, and embracing these people without confronting their sin.

Here are some quotes from the article.

Marriage and parenthood are no longer universal rites marking adulthood: some people get married and remain childless, some have children without getting married, and some do neither.

acts of consumerism—buying a first mobile phone, a first credit card, a first car—are becoming significant rites of passage themselves, marking the transition from one stage of life to the next.

The trend towards smaller families is also changing rites of passage. “Parents are having only one or two children,” says Kevin Osborn, author of the report, “so even the smallest achievements—preschool graduation, a karate belt test, a winning soccer season—are regarded as precious rites of passage.”

Divorce is now a rite of passage for many, sometimes marked with a party—a combination of bachelor-bachelorette party, exorcism, and coming-out—complete with a gift registry.

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