Faith and Family
Families Testify to God’s Goodness
Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who lives, but Christ Who lives in me. And the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me!” The very fabric of our great country, the United States of America, was shaped and fashioned in large part by the strength of marriage and family. I believe that God has blessed this nation greatly because of the traditional Christian and family values that we have held dear for so long. But in today’s society, the family is under siege. We see those columns of support straining under the extreme pressures of secularism, pride, and greed. In fact, the most challenging place to live out and exemplify our faith is at home. So often we overlook, neglect, and even end up hurting those who are the closest to us.
In the book of Malachi, God tells us just how important marriage and the family unit is to Him. Malachi 2:16 reads, “I hate divorce says the Lord God of Israel!” The context in this passage is that God’s own people, Israel, had become extremely casual in their view of the marriage vow. The Lord went on to state in no uncertain terms that even their offerings and sacrifices were no longer acceptable to Him because they had stopped holding His commandments in high regard.
In the home, couples and families are afforded the opportunity to exemplify the character of God, His patience, and His profound selflessness. I believe that the greatest underutilized evangelistic tool is our families. Could there possibly exist stronger evidence for what the power and presence of God can do within the family than an irrepressible expression of that in our lives? Faith in God leads to a knowledge of who God is, which produces a character fit for heaven and a blessing here on earth. Some of the heavenly traits that are seen are unselfish love, patience, tolerance, service, overlooking faults, loving the unlovable, and seeking the good of others.
We readily recall that the Roman Empire was destroyed in part because marriage and faith became despised. When faith is extracted from society, marriage and family values disappear not long afterward! The message being taught by movies, music, television, books, and DVDs proclaims a gospel of self-serving, self-gratification and self-exaltation.
The world’s most popular golfer, Tiger Woods, was brought down to irrelevance due to engaging in affairs with multiple women. While he was happily married, his golf success soared. When he cheapened the sanctity of marriage, he found his reputation in a freefall. The principles of heaven are taught and practiced in marriage and in the home life, and we become better people when we follow God’s plan.