The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) sponsored a seminar aimed at calling people to united action to make the world a better place.
We began by posting a provocative statement. “All the worlds problems start from a common cause.
The key to resolving the many difficult problems facing our country lie within the family.”
I will explain why by discussing two problem areas that most people know about.
The first example is drugs. Illegal drugs are a huge problem with which individuals, families, the police, and federal government agencies are fighting a losing battle. This problem can be approached in different ways;
- stop the people growing the cocaine or the opium
- disrupt the illegal distribution chain
- help drug users to overcome their drug addiction
- or eliminate the demand by teaching young people to not buy or use drugs.
The only way to overcome the scourge of drugs is to eliminate the demand by educating people against buying or even trying* drugs.
* it is well known that people who sell drugs often initially give away free samples to potential users because they know that they will make an ongoing income once the person becomes addicted.
Another example is the problem of human trafficking, especially of women and young girls as young as 13 or 14, which is a growing concern even in so-called civilized America. It is now a 32 billion dollar a year criminal business second only to illegal drugs.
Again the only way to overcome this problem is to eliminate the demand from the minds of the men who selfishly indulge their lustful desires.
Because problems like these originate in the mind, it seems impossible that we will ever overcome them. Even St Paul recognized how hard it is to control one’s mind (Rom 7:20-24).
When these problems are affecting families so miserably, how can we say that the key to solving them lies within the family? Our hope resides in our understanding that God who is absolute and unchanging, never intended that our mind would become our enemy and has been desperately searching for a way to show us how to regain control.
God has inspired men and women for thousands of years to search for understanding of both internal and external truth through religion and science.
Many great thinkers have tried to integrate these and other areas of study into a complete theory known as a worldview. They have by and large failed because of their inability to reconcile religious beliefs and values with their scientific fields of study.
As a result, individuals are left to adopt their own world views that are passed down in their families, learned by experience, and found to describe their reality sufficiently well to “get by” with. But confusion and chaos reign because wrong values lead to wrong behaviors and differing values lead to disagreement, division, and conflict.
Teaching children right values through family and school, is what is needed, but not just any values will do.
What is needed is a world view with the following characteristics;
- It must be acceptable to all mankind.
- It must be simple and clear enough to teach even very young children about God and the ideal life that God intended.
- It should also explain Gods motivation and process for creating the world and all living things.
- It must explain why the world is not ideal.
- It should explain how God and men have been working throughout history to regain the ideal.
- It should also explain how human beings are to live their daily lives so that their spirit matures along with the physical body and eventually passes into the spiritual world after death to live together with our loved ones for eternity
- It should explain how scientific knowledge and religious truth can be reconciled.
Once people are educated in such a worldview, these concepts will stay with them throughout their lives. Then we can have tremendous hope to protect our children from the temptations of corrupt society.
My hat goes off to those organizations who rescue and rehabilitate a few individuals here and there, but they will never be able to completely solve these problems by dealing only with the victims or imprisoning those making money from these crimes.
When God created human beings He gave us freedom which is what distinguishes us from animals and allows us to love one another and God. But freedom requires being able to make responsible choices. Freedom and responsibility must be learned, they cannot be simply given or “programmed” into human beings, even by God. God intended for these values to be learned from parents from within the family. For this reason, it is God’s hope that American families will assume their responsibility to lead the world by raising young people to become responsible citizens who love others like family, irrespective of color, ethnic, racial or socio-economic background.
All the problems we are facing today in America and around the world are problems of the heart and conscience, which no government or military force or any amount of normal education can impact upon.
Only when large numbers of families come together and educate their children with an absolutely God-centered worldview can the self-centeredness that is endemic in society be eliminated.
The mission of the FFWPU is to inspire American families to commit to co-operating with and supporting one another in becoming the leaders that God and our future generations so desperately need. This sounds like an enormous responsibility but really what it means is to maintain an awareness of how what you do, what you love doing in everyday life can be shared with another friend or family. If we do this big changes will occur in our communities and in the nation. Once we start to make progress, the world will follow Americas’ example.