Now, we are in a position to tie all of these foundational things together and apply what we have learnt to the family law or economics. God designed the family as the building block for civilisation. You cannot have a flourishing civilisation with weak, apathetic and lethargic families. What we are experiencing now is the crumbling of western civilisation all around us. Abortion, same sex marriage, euthanasia and all the other advances of secular humanism are the result of the church turning her back on the Word of God and fathers failing to be faithful with their duties towards their wife and children. The family unit has disintegrated over the last 50-100 years, divorce rates are high and the number of children who are raised by one of their two biological parents is skyrocketing. In fact I was reading an article the other night that sighted an OECD study. This study indicated that out of 27 industrialised countries surveyed New Zealand had the third highest rate of children living in a single parent home environement. 23.9% of all children in your nation live without both of their biological parents. That’s nearly 1 child in every 4. The average across the entire survey was 14.9%.