“In those days…every man did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25.



“Those words ring as true on Feb. 15, 2012 in the United States as they did during the Old Testament days of the children of Israel,” says Bill Wheeler executive director of the Families First Foundation. 

 

“In those days…every man did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25.

“Those words ring as true on Feb. 15, 2012 in the United States as they did during the Old Testament days of the children of Israel,” says Bill Wheeler executive director of the Families First Foundation. 
Families First is a statewide ministry of the Church of Christ striving to strengthen the 21st century family and serves as a lobbyist with the Arkansas Legislature.  Their testimonies before legislative committees present state lawmakers with a Christian perspective on vital family issues.
Wheeler addressed members of the Twin City Church of Christ last Wednesday evening.
“We need people who know what is right and do it,” he said. “To be prepared is half of the victory. For evil to prevail, all it takes is for good men to sit back and do nothing. People need to be aware of what is going on in our times.”
Wheeler told the congregation that when he grew up in the late 40 and early 50s  five major influences in order of one to five they were: the home, church, school, peers and TV. By the 1980s and 90s the influences remained the same but they shifted in order of importance with church dropping to fifth. In 1980s the list was home, peers, TV, school and church and by the 90s it became peers, TV, home, school and church.
Wheeler noted that by the time we entered the new century church had dropped completely off the list as did home, school and peers. The new list looks like this: media, TV and video games, the Internet, computers and movies.
“Our culture has changed a great deal over the past 60 to 70 years,” said Wheeler. “Culture is a product of the people. Our country has become what we have let it become.”
According to Wheeler, the current legislative session will deal very little with family issues being primarily a financial session.
“However, there are some things going on behind the scenes,” stated Wheeler. “Those supportive of casinos have a goal of having a casino within 50 miles of every Arkansas family.
Arkansans for Compassionate Care are seeking to legalize marijuana for medical purposes they say.”
Wheeler added that abortion and same-sex marriage issues continue to be hot topics of debate.
“It’s time to let the people in Little Rock and Washington hear what you’ve got to say,” stated Wheeler.
For more information about Families First write to them at P.O. Box 1081, 307 Judge Smith Drive, Marion, AR 72364, phone 870-739-5288 or email families1st@eathlink.net.