The New York Times is one of the leading news sources nationwide.
Yet their constant liberal spin continues to lead many Americans away from the truth and values this country was built on.
So, the fact that they actually published this op-ed is shocking religious conservatives nationwide.
The op-ed in question is entitled, “Religious Men Can Be Devoted Dads, Too.”
Right off the bat you can see how an article with this kind of title might trigger the anti-God talking heads that seem to dominate the mainstream media.
But the op-ed — written as a collaborative project by W. Bradford Wilcox, professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, Jason S. Carroll, professor of marriage and family studies at Brigham Young University, and Laurie DeRose, adjunct lecturer in the sociology department at Georgetown University — doesn’t stop there.
It proceeds to tear down the secular orthodoxy by challenging the modern left-wing view of marriage and family.
And it cites actual evidence.
The main source of that evidence is a new report entitled, “The Ties That Bind: Is Faith a Global Force for Good or Ill in the Family?”
The report, published by the Institute for Family Studies and the Wheatley Institution, “looks at relationship quality for women in heterosexual relationships across 11 countries in the developed world, including the United States.”
Their study was fascinating, not only for topic but for the immense statistics pointing in an upward direction.
According to their findings, 73% of wives “who hold conservative gender values and attend religious services regularly with their husbands have high-quality marriages.”
Not only that, but “women in highly religious relationships are about 50% more likely to report that they are strongly satisfied with their sexual relationship than their secular and less religious counterparts.”
To many reading the NY Times, influenced by their “secular, progressive” slant, these facts likely come as a shock.
To many of them, this kind of lifestyle is something to be avoided at all costs… blindly accepting the prevailing narrative about the ideal “progressive” family structure.
The op-ed cites feminist family historian Stephanie Coontz who wrote in 1997 that “we have every reason to believe that new values about marriage and sex roles will make it easier for parents to sustain and enrich their relationships.”
According to Wilcox, Carroll, and DeRose, “Ms. Coontz believed the arc of American family life was bending toward a better and brighter future — a progressive one.”
They also cite Bloomberg Opinion columnist Noah Smith who once said, “maybe liberal morality is simply better adapted for creating stable two-parent families in a post-industrialized world.”
Unfortunately, only about half of the secular progressive married couples interviewed in the study would call their marriage “high-quality.”
But it turns out the couple’s faith has to be real and strong to have the strongest impact.
Sadly, “fewer than 46 percent of wives in the religious middle — who attend only infrequently or don’t share regular religious attendance with their husbands — and only 33 percent of secular conservative wives — who think men should take the lead on bread-winning and women on child-rearing but don’t attend church — have such marriages.”
It turns out God is important to a healthy and high-quality marriage!
But the study didn’t stop there, and reported even more evidence to challenge the secular progressive narrative.
“When it comes to relationship quality in heterosexual relationships, highly religious couples enjoy higher-quality relationships and more sexual satisfaction, compared to less/mixed religious couples and secular couples.”
“When it comes to fertility, data from low-fertility countries in the Americas, East Asia, and Europe show that religion’s positive influence on fertility has become stronger in recent decades. Today, people ages 18-49 who attend religious services regularly have 0.27 more children than those who never, or practically never, attend.”
“For instance, women and men in highly religious couples were significantly more likely to report higher quality relationships than their peers in less/mixed religious couples or shared secular couples.”
“While both women and men in highly religious couples reported significantly higher overall relationship quality and satisfaction with their sex life, the results in both cases were strongest for women in these couples.”
Ok, so that’s pretty stunning proof for the way God’s Love can impact our real, daily lives!
Of course, the NY Times’ audience is likely to still be skeptical.
They claim the study was made up, coincidence, or flawed in some way. They’ll say other studies will have to be done to verify the results…
Oh wait, those studies have already happened!
BYU and Baylor University gathered married couples between ages 18-45. 1,300 couples participated, and the study was released this past April. It wholly affirmed not only numbers but a literal correlation.
The more religious-consistent and faith-confident a couple proclaimed to be, the higher their reports showed satisfaction sexually and in other aspects of the relationship.
Jeffrey P. Dew, lead author on that study report, stated: “Religion helps encourage people to improve their relationships overall. And a better relationship leads to higher reports of sexual satisfaction.”
“That is really important, at least to me. In a hyper-sexualized culture, sex has almost become an end in and of itself. Well, religion is one of those things that will help people improve their relationship, which will lead as a byproduct to better sex.”
God will not be mocked. He is the One who created male and female, and ordained the marriage of the two. It makes so much sense that we are also designed to find our greatest satisfaction and deepest joy in the relational experience that follows His ordinances.
Do not be swayed by this world.
No opinion of man will change the innate, hardwired truth.
God is the Creator, and the Giver of all good things. Obedience leads to blessing.
And seeking after Him with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strengths will certainly bring the peace and love we long for.
Please thank God that this op-ed somehow made it through the editors to be published in the NY Times.
Please pray that those who read it will be impacted to question the lies they’ve been told. And please pray for our nation to find its faith again and for our marriages and families to be strengthened!