Marriage and Family - Creating an Evangelical Worldview
Two of the most important issues facing today's world are marriage and family. Specifically, the role played by them on the construction of society. Scripture has a lot to say about this, but sadly the world does not have the time to hear any of it. Thus, the moral decay that started back in the 60s and 70s has continued, taking control of our minds and worldviews. This decay needs to be stopped. I am not talking about going back to the past, but we must learn from the past to move forward to a better future.
Jeremiah 6:16 says “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it’." Israel neglected the advice they were given and abandoned God's way. Let us not be a generation that forgets the path, but make sure that we walk on it.
We must consider the importance of following God's ways. One of the primary goals for Christian parents must be to teach their children how to live for the Lord (Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:4). This is only possible if as a parent, we walk such a path, setting a good example (2 Timothy 1:5), showing love (Luke 15:20), offering encouragement (Col. 3:21), and providing loving discipline (Prov. 13:24).
Sadly, the world teaches our children to ignore and deny the Lord, as the only living and true God. Children will find it difficult to obey and honour their parents (Eph. 6:1-3; Col. 3:20; Prov. 1:8), and follow the path of authentic discipleship, if they are not encouraged to do so by their parents and see them as examples of followers of Jesus.
One of the roles of a godly marriage is to build up healthy families that bring glory to God and become an example of the redemptive power of love. Working as God intended, the family will demonstrate and teach concepts such as sincere respect, godly authority, biblical morals, healthy relationships, and unconditional love (Ps. 78:5-7; Deut. 6:5-7).
The Bible is clear about our responsibilities, as parents, we should consider how we can apply the Word of God in our home life. Please, take time to read: Romans 12:18; I Corinthians 13:4-5; I Timothy 6:11.
Obviously, we must realise we live in a fallen world; thus, families are not always perfect and neither is marriage. We must not leave to others our responsibilities. Often our culture promotes an attitude of rebellion toward authority as a way to show individualism and power and we must fight against this kind of attitude which will bring selfishness and a distorted vision of God. In fact, it only robs us from being prepared to face life in the real world.
A family is there to be loved, there are times when we may fall out, or have differences of opinion, but we should never consider them our enemy, nor should we be their enemy. We must do our part to make our home what God intends it to be, a loving, living entity with God at the centre, learning from the valuable lessons that we have learned along the way from God’s word.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Bishop Josep Rossello,
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