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The Epidemic of Fatherless Households in America at All-Time High

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The Epidemic of Fatherless Households in America at All-Time High

By Movieguide® Staff

In recent years, the percentage of households with both a mother and father took a drastic dive in America.

Terence P. Jeffrey, the editor in chief of CNSNews.com, recently explained how the traditional two-parent households were not only a cornerstone to American society and even withstood global hardships like World War II.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 1946—shortly after WWII—only 3.8% of babies were born to unmarried mothers.

Jeffrey writes: “The traditional family led by a mother and father was a foundational fact of American culture.”

However, the number of fatherless households would rise rapidly from 1969 to 2008, going from 10% to over 40%.

According to the CDC, that number amounts to 20,642,649 babies (40.36%) born to unmarried mothers.

As a result, families often rely on the government for support.

Contemporary Christian artist Michael W. Smith recently encouraged Christians to stand up for fatherless families.

“We need a lot of surrogate dads. We have thousands of young men who need mentors, and I don’t think that’s the government’s job. I think it’s the Church’s job to mentor,” Smith told The Christian Post.

“It’s a crisis that we need to wake up to, realize that we’ve got to be a part of the solution, and we have the tools to be a solution and help. Let the Church rise up, and I’m pointing the finger right at me too,” Smith added.

Movieguide® previously also reported on the epidemic of fatherless homes in America:

Marripedia notes, children in fatherless homes “are more likely to be abused, have emotional problems, engage in questionable behavior, struggle academically, and become delinquent.”

Marripedia cited numerous sources for its conclusions, dating from 1959 through 2015.

The breakdown of the family, especially the increase in fatherless families, is the No. 1 problem in America, not racism, discrimination, inequality, or bad cops.

In the Kendrick Brother’s 2021 documentary, SHOW ME THE FATHER, they explain the importance of father figures, and highlight that God is our perfect father.

A portion of the Movieguide® review reads:

SHOW ME THE FATHER is a wonderful, inspiring documentary. It tells six emotionally powerful stories about fatherhood. Four stories involve two football coaches who mentor four young men from broken families to become better men and better fathers. Another story tells how God performs a miracle in helping a man and his wife find the perfect daughter to adopt. A sixth story shows how an older man overcomes a serious bout with depression to bless his own three sons.

SHOW ME THE FATHER is a must-see movie. It will brighten your day and inspire you. The filmmakers let the people involved tell their stories. It intercuts these segments with great visual aids and archival footage that move the story along. The emotionally powerful stories ultimately lead to three great heartwarming, surprising twists. SHOW ME THE FATHER has a strong Christian, biblical worldview, with many great biblical references. Just as good, if not better, the movie overtly stresses that Jesus Christ is the visible image of God the Father. As Jesus says in John 14:7, “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.”

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Our small team works tirelessly to provide resources to protect families from harmful media, reviewing 415 movies/shows and writing 3,626 uplifting articles this year. We believe that the gospel can transform entertainment. That’s why we emphasize positive and faith-filled articles and entertainment news, and release hundreds of Christian movie reviews to the public, for free. No paywalls, just trusted, biblically sound content to bless you and your family. Online, Movieguide is the closest thing to a biblical entertainment expert at your fingertips. As a reader-funded operation, we welcome any and all contributions – so if you can, please give something. It won’t take more than 52 seconds (we timed it for you). Thank you.