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The Russian Demographic Crisis: Resisting the Influence of a Sexualized Culture

August 8, 2013
S. Michael Craven
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This past July, Russian president Vladimir Putin ignited outrage among the (primarily Western) pro-homosexual community by signing into law a ban on homosexual adoption. The new law also prohibits adoption by single parent households. Only a few days before, Putin also signed into law broad prohibitions against “gay propaganda,” which included provisions that allow “the government to arrest and detain gay (or ‘pro-gay’) foreigners for up to 14 days before they would then be expelled from Russia” (“Russia's Anti-Gay Law Will Impact Foreign Tourists, Possible Olympic Athletes: Report,” Huffington Post, 7/11/2013).

While these latter measures are no doubt draconian, they nonetheless represent a growing realization within Russian society, namely: sexual anarchy has proven devastating to the future of their civilization. Following the collapse of communism, Russia’s fertility rate had fallen to a catastrophic low of 1.17 births to every woman of child-bearing age by 1999, far below the minimum replacement rate of 2.1 required to maintain population stability. Since then, Russia’s birthrate has edged upward to 1.7 due in large part to pro-family policies, which were initiated in an emergency response to the pending demographic crisis.

Many pundits, determined to avoid the moral realities, will point to economic decline as the primary cause of low birth rates, and this no doubt has played a role, but the greater factor has been the abandonment of traditional marriage as the principal means for regulating sexual behavior. As Russian society abandoned traditional marriage, birth rates dropped, out-of-wedlock births rose, contraception and abortion increased, and the traditional family began to disappear.

You may ask, “What has this to do with homosexuality and the legitimization thereof?” In short, social acceptance of deviant sexual behaviors represents the final stages of a society working to rid itself of all traditional mores related to sexual conduct. The jettisoning of sexual morality renders the individual and its attendant society devoid of its productive energy. Such societies diminish because their collective creative energies are redirected toward the fulfillment of their personal sexual appetites (hedonism). This has been established as an indisputable fact throughout history as revealed in the monumental work of Joseph Daniel Unwin, which I have cited frequently elsewhere. The Russian government, however misguided in their response, simply recognizes the deleterious affects on marriage and society resulting from the normalization of any sexual behavior beyond marriage and the natural family.

One only need examine the birth rates among all Western nations—where the so-called sexual revolution has advanced over and against traditional morality—to see the universal social and demographic decay.

As famed Harvard sociologist, Pitirim Sorokin pointed out, when sex is divorced from marriage, “it is degraded to mere promiscuous sex relations, it loses its bliss, its holiness, and its value” (Sorokin, American Sex Revolution, 1956). Marriage, according to Sorokin, “is a social evidence of the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and civic maturity of the individual.” Sorokin notes that “any change in marriage behavior, any increase in sexual promiscuity, and illicit relations is pregnant with momentous consequences. A sex revolution drastically affects the lives of millions, deeply disturbs the community, and decisively influences the future of society.”

This is not mere conjecture but the result of serious sociological and historical data affirming the biblical prescription for human sexuality and social conduct. Human societies simply cannot flaunt their opposition to God’s rightful authority over their lives and expect to flourish.

However, we must not conclude that the normalization of homosexuality is to blame for the decline of marriage; it isn’t! The nation—both here and elsewhere—has contributed to the decline of marriage by indulging in promiscuous sex, cohabitation, and the promotion of easy divorce; and the church bears much responsibility by both its neglect and at times its wanton participation in the same sins. The normalization of homosexual acts is merely the final step in a long line of usurpations against the Creator God. Thus the burdens falls first upon the church to grieve over our own sin, repent, and begin once again to show the world how marriage and human sexuality flourish under the rule and reign of God.

 © 2013 by S. Michael Craven

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Response from : Elena Dunegan  

August 8, 2013 3:47 PM
 

This is a great article-would you please comment about the use and normalization of pornography and how that leads to the decay of society? I thought it was interesting that it wasn't mentioned here-though that definitely is a topic in and of itself. Thank you!


 
Response from : phil blackstone  

August 8, 2013 10:15 PM
 

The church is already doing this to a greater degree than any other segment of society although not to the same extent it once did or needs to do. But, assuming the church gets back on the pro-family track like it should, what should be done next? I don't see the sexual deviancy threat to society going away voluntarily or peacefully.


 
Response from : Celie Dean  

August 9, 2013 8:50 AM
 

This was powerfully stated and explained. It makes me cry because before I got to the ending I realized that we, the church, have looked the other way and/or embraced this desire to embrace all behaviors--regardless of whether it glorifies God or not. Your ending statement of the Body of Christ, the church, being willing to repent is my heart's desire. Thank you.


 
Response from : Redi  

August 9, 2013 9:15 AM
 

Great article, right to the point!


 
Response from : Robert Geiger  

August 9, 2013 2:27 PM
 

The Church has taught from time immemorial that both abortion and contraception are grave insults toward our God. We want the fun of sex without the responsibility. The stifling of the procreative aspect of sex through contraception renders the act sterile, exactly as it is in the case of homosexual unions. Abortion is 'backup" contraception. Until we see clearly the connection between the contraceptive mindset and the "pro-choice" mindset. The evil will live among us and continue to consume our young.


 
Response from : Linda Howard  

August 10, 2013 6:15 PM
 

Michael - This is a response from a friend of mine "The viewpoint of liberals/statists is very short term in nature. The Keynesian economic policies they enact only work in the very short term (months). The hedonist lifestyles are undoubtedly fun in the short term but lend itself to the spread of disease and shorter life spans (bad for the long term). Conservatives have higher birth rates. It would not surprise me if the higher birth rates of conservatives has contributed to the majority of Americans now being pro life."


 

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