Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sharon Brooks Hodge - Black Pastors Should Promote Marriage Rather Than Fight Gay Marriage

 Sharon Brooks Hodge, a Martinsville,Va., councilwoman and executive director of  the Black Family Preservation Group argues that black ministers need to spend more time promoting family in their churches than fighting against same sex marriage.

" As the executive director of Black Family Preservation Group, Inc. – an organization that promotes marriage as a vehicle to strengthen African-American families – I applaud the coalition’s effort to defend traditional, biblical marriage. However, the fallacy of this coalition’s initiative becomes evident when considering the Pew research.

 After decades of declining marriage rates and changes in family structure, the percentage of American adults who have never been married is at an historic high. According to Wendy Wang and Kim Parker, who authored the research report, the move away from marriage is attributed to a variety of factors. Not only are people marrying later in life, but more significant is the fact that increasingly young adults are cohabiting and raising children outside of marriage."

She continues:

  "Currently, 72 percent of black children are being born into single-parent homes, which means that most black churches are filled with baby-mommas and baby-daddies, not husbands and wives raising children under the covenant of marriage as scripture prescribes. Is it realistic to expect pastors to have more influence in court persuading judges to deny marriage to gay couples than they have in their own pulpits?"

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