The family was God’s first earthly institution.  Before there was a government, and long before God instituted the church, He ordained marriage and the family as the basic building block of society.  The destruction of the family we are witnessing today is, I believe, a harbinger of the ultimate collapse of our entire society.  The more the family is threatened, the more society itself is in danger of extinction.  We’re living in the last days, and nothing shows that more graphically than the deterioration of the family.