On Thursday of last week I wrote a post on how to change our nation (If you missed it you can find it here). In this post I identified seven areas of society, taken from Loren Cunningham, in which we must apply the principles of the Word of God. Although all seven of these areas are important, there is one area that is foundational to all the others. Before anything else in society was established, God Himself established the family and it is the family that provides the foundation for all other groups in society. If the family is undermined then everything else is undermined and because our enemy knows this he has launched the greatest attack on our families. This attack has many names and aspects but its goal is always the same, to destroy what God has established as the key component of society. We must stop listening to society to establish our view of the family unit but instead turn back to the Bible. How does the Bible define the role of husband/father or wife/mother. How does the Bible tell us to treat our parents or our siblings? There are many different scriptures referring to the family and we need to remind ourselves of every one! Below I have listed some scriptures that the Bible gives us about family and then I have listed some things that have become normal in our society but are attacks of the enemy against the very principles of God's Word.
"Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." Genesis 2:24
"But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;" Ephesians 5:3
"Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything." Ephesians 5:22-24
"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself." Ephesians 5:25-28
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” Ephesians 6:1-2
"And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4
Attacks of the Enemy:
- Sex outside of marriage
- Absent or abusive fathers
- Disobedient and rebellious children
- Parents dishonored at end of life
It's time for us to take a stand against this blatant attack on our families! It's time for us to take our role in our own family seriously and learn what the Bible has to say about it!