Assault on the Christian Home and Family: The International Year of the Child

The attack of Satan upon the Christian home and family is nothing new, only now it has become more bold. Always have the home and family been of prime concern for Satan, because they are two of the foundation stones of society — that is, society defined loosely as the sphere in which the church functions or the circle in which God’s people live and move in connection with all other men and things. Society as we know it depends on the home and family. All of our life and activity stem out of the home and family. 

Satan’s goal is to homogenize the human race into one pliable mass. A mass blindly insensitive to the unchangeable standard of God’s righteousness. A mass dedicated to the satisfaction of its insatiable lusts, A mass with no god except man-centered humanism. A mass seemingly cut loose from any standard of morality and manifesting itself to be thoroughly lawless. Of such a mass Satan supposes that he will be lord supreme. He dreams that his original goal to have God’s throne will soon be realized. Triumphantly he will declare, “Behold the people is one, and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” 

The devil has a problem. The problem is that the home and family foster a certain independence. The home and family are the means whereby many important things are transmitted from one generation to the next. In this way are our national characteristics continued, our peculiar customs carried on, our children educated and our religious heritage passed along. Some of these things are obviously more important to us than others, but they are all propagated by the home and family. 

Satan knows that as long as the home and family remain in their present structure his goal will be impossible to attain. Too much influence is left with the individual home and family unit. Too much latitude is given for the continuation of other goals than those that directly bring about Satan’s oneworld kingdom. 

The home and family will have to be moved out of the way. 

One of the many means that Satan is using to attain his goal is the International Year of the Child (IYC). If we just look at the IYC on the surface and uncritically, there seems to be a good emphasis on the needs of children all over the world. The IYC seems to be seeking good ways of alleviating problems that afflict children everywhere. 

Let us, however, look more carefully at the IYC. It is always a good thing to look at the principles upon which anything is founded in order to determine where it is coming from and where it is going. 

The IYC began in the United Nations. It was first proposed by a representative of the community of Non-Governmental Organizations .at the UNICEF Executive Board meeting in 1974. The matter was referred to the Economic and Social Council, which requested the Secretary-General of the U.N. to submit to the 1976 General Assembly “a report on measures and modalities for ensuring the adequate preparation, support and financing of an international year of the child, to be preferably the year 1979.” On the basis of this report the Economic and Social Council recommended the proclamation of the Year, and on 21 December 1976 the General Assembly passed the resolution authorizing it. 

Let us briefly discuss what Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) and UNICEF are. NGO’s are various organizations that are not under direct governmental control or regulation. They are organizations that are seeking to better society in general or some segment of society in particular. These organizations are basically humanitarian. That means that they are not operating on principles drawn out of God’s Word and to God’s glory. Even though many of these organizations are churches or religious groups they nevertheless show themselves to be humanists. Jesus says in Matt. 12:30, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” 

Just to give you an idea who some of these NGO’s are, here is a sampling out of a list of more than 150 who have endorsed the IYC: AFL-CIO, American Medical Association, Church, Women United, Girl Scouts of the USA, National Council of Churches, National Education Association, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., Salvation Army, and the United Way of America. 

UNICEF means United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. It was established in 1946 to assist children in war-devastated countries. Since then it has shifted its emphasis from temporary and emergencyto long-range and permanent. It has also greatly broadened its scope to include social, educational, and cultural considerations. 

Let us take note of some interesting statements out of the resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the U.N. concerning the IYC. “Recognizing the fundamental importance in all countries, developing and industrialized, of programmes benefiting children not only for the well-being of the children, but also as part of broader efforts to accelerate economic and social progress.” (emphasis mine, W.B.) “Recalling in this connexion its resolution of 24 October 1970 containing the International Development Strategy for the Second U.N. Development Decade, and the Declaration and the Programme of Action on the Establishment of a New International Economic Order of 1 May 1974, and of the resolution of 16 September I975 on development and international economic co-operation.” (emphasis mine, W.B.) This reference to the “Establishment of a New International Economic Order” seems extraneous to the subject of the IYC, and yet ,it is integral to its very beginning and goal. 

We ought also to be aware, that the IYC is not just an isolated aspect of the assault on the home and family, but it is connected with other U.N. programs. 

In 1959 the U.N. passed a resolution called “Declaration of the Rights of the Child,” but little was done then to implement it. The U.N. declared 1975 to be International Women’s Year, and designated 1976-1985 as International Women’s Decade. In 1976, the U.N. named 1979 to be International Year of the Child, with UNICEF as the agency in charge of implementation. This is not all. There are more numbers on the program. By Executive Order, President Carter has authorized the 1980 White House Conference on Children, and the 1981 White House Conference on Families. If these follow the pattern of the 1970 Conferences, participants will not debate whether or not the federal government should rear children; they will merely discuss how. The prevailing philosophy has already been established. 

We should notice from the above that there is a common source for both the International Women’s Year (IWY), and the IYC. Both are flowing in the same stream to the same endLgoa1. This is made obvious from a quotation out of a “Report of the World Conference of the IWY”, published by the U.N.: “Non-governmental organizations, especially women’s organizations, national family planning and other population organizations, welfare agencies, trade unions, co-operative and religious bodies constitute important resources for development and vehicles for change. Their increased effectiveness depends on the policies of Governments and the increasing involvement of trained educated younger women and men.” 

We must not be hoodwinked by the high sounding goals of the IYC. This is not an isolated effort to help needy children, but it is part of Satan’s concert to destroy the Christian home and family. The goal is to strip parents of their God-given rights and responsibilities to rear their children in His fear, and to transfer them to governmental organizations. 

We can expect to be bombarded unceasingly by these “good concerns” of the so-called child rights advocates. Public education from the day care center to the university level is geared for the implementation of these goals. TV is .an effective tool in Satan’s hand to hammer home. his evil philosophy. The general consensus of the society in which we live is already swayed towards Satan’s goal. 

What must we think of all this’? Is this some new inexplicable effort of the devil? No, we do not think it strange concerning this fiery trial which is to try us as though some strange thing happened to us. God tells us that all these things must come to pass. Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. Our Sovereign God reigns supreme working all things for the good of His people. The victory over Satan is ours in Christ Jesus. 

Now with that confidence look at your home and family. Examine the training of your children. Are you fighting faithfully against Satan’s assault on the home and family? Let us renew our efforts by God’s grace as we live in His fear.