We have just completed a momentous decade. The iPad was unveiled by Apple Computer in 2010. The last Flight of the Space Shuttle occurred in 2011 as well as the Royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton (for the Anglophiles among us). Remember the Mayan calendar prediction that the world would end on December 21, 2012? That, apparently, didn’t happen. The Ice Bucket challenge was a real joy; as well as the “fidget spinner.” Oh Boy!
On a different note, in 2011, US Navy SEALS raided the compound of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan and called him to account for his role in the terror that has rocked the world since he founded the Al-Qaeda terrorist network. We also saw the rise of ISIS and a horror that stunned the world.
In our own country, a “sea-change” event was felt in 2015 along the lines of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision when the Obergefell case was decided and same-sex marriage was legalized by a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling.
This decision overturned millennia of human knowledge and ushered into the zeitgeist a host of new conversation topics for the dinner table. Since then, we have seen some people question the very biology of male and female and whether the pronouns we use are somehow discriminatory. As a matter of fact, Merriam-Webster decided that the pronoun “they” was the word of the year in 2019 as they felt that “him” and “her” were suddenly less than affirming.
Every day, we are writing future history. Future generations will study the events of our time and make judgements regarding how we acted…or not. Inaction is an action. To passively stand by without comment will be judged by those who live in the world we leave behind.
As we contemplate the next decade, we in Wyoming must look at the future with a sense of purpose. As we see the world outside changing, we must be aware that “our” world inevitably changes with it. Our homes, families and communities will reflect our influence. Will it be for good?
Here at Family Policy Alliance®, we envision a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. This is the focus of the next decade. Will you join us?
Director of Advocacy