Not sure if you saw this or not, but a recent commercial on MSNBC has one of its hosts claiming that we have to get past the notion that our kids are actually “our” kids. Instead, they belong to the community.
I don’t disagree with her basic idea of the importance of looking after each other and helping take care of each other, including our children. Certainly, it’s what we do in the Church and in our communities. At The Gathering, our children are “our” children to the degree that we love them all and will do whatever we can to help them, but we never claim that they are our kids to the degree that we usurp the authority and responsibility from the actual parents. We come alongside them to support them and encourage them. This host takes this idea to an alarming extreme, advocating a very dangerous ideology.
Too many people are already having kids and turning to the government to provide for them because they cannot do so themselves. Some to the sad degree that they continue to have children because they can get more money through welfare programs without taking personal responsibility. Claims such as this one will only embolden and empower parents to forego their responsibility for their children and encourage government to do what it was never intended to do.
This is a very blatant move to solidify the United States as a pure welfare state, but to a shocking degree. Though there are increasing assaults on the family as it has historically been understood, this is one I didn’t see coming.
Watch the video yourself and, if you have reaction, let me hear it in the comments below.
[HT: Denny Burk]