Which, in this case, only means that someone at FotF took a stats course in college:
We’re losing on [same-sex marriage], especially among the 20- and 30-somethings: 65 to 70 percent of them favor same-sex marriage. I don’t know if that’s going to change with a little more age—demographers would say probably not. We’ve probably lost that. I don’t want to be extremist here, but I think we need to start calculating where we are in the culture.
Jim Daly, the new James Dobson, doesn’t want to give up on sex-specific marriage. He’s got this brilliant idea, though, that maybe if conservative Christian marriages were demonstrably better than those of the wretched world of the unredeemed, the unredeemed would take conservative pronouncements on the true nature of marriage more seriously. Here he is again:
What if the Christian divorce rate goes from 40 percent to 10 percent or 5 percent, and the world’s goes from 50 percent to 80 percent? Now we’re back to the early centuries. They’re looking at us and thinking, ‘We want more of what they’ve got.'” As he puts it, “we should start with how to get dads reconnected to the family and committed to their marriages.
Of course, there’s no reason whatsoever to think that a big push on patriarchal principles will somehow help conservative Christians stand out from the larger culture. Not only is there nothing redemptive about singing that aspect of the world’s song, but there’s also no way that conservative Christians acting worldly will lead to some sort of statistically measurable difference between conservative Christians and the world.
I’m terribly excited about this, though. Every time someone suggests that Godly ethical principles ought to lead to empirically verifiable results, my heart floats high and happy like a hot air balloon. Yes indeedy, Mr. Daly, being right about marriage ought to lead to better marriages. Yes indeedy, you ought to have something that people want before trying to sell it; the first step in selling snake oil is getting people to want oil of snake. Yes, if you’re selling a system guaranteed to be the only one that works, you ought to get it to work first.
Glad someone at FotF finally noticed.