I have often stated that family is the greatest expression of the Kingdom of Christ on earth. Now that’s a heady statement in light of another expression that would seem more likely to fit that claim-i.e. the church for instance. Allow me to explain my supposition.
First of all, I arrive at this conclusion given that Yahweh created the family in Genesis and the church in the book of Acts several thousand years later. The very foundation of Yahweh’s creative plan was built on the generational continuance of procreation beginning with Adam and Eve. When Yahweh was so disturbed with the wickedness in the earth (Genesis 6), He saved a father, Noah, and his family to continue the purpose of man to rule, reign and manage the earth from which He receives glory. Israel, a nation Yahweh patiently established to showcase His awesomeness, began with a father, Abraham, and a promise that all families would be blessed through the covenant relationship Yahweh established through him.
Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3
The nation of Israel often referred to their God as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob-remembering Yahweh’s fulfilled promises and ultimate faithfulness to their ancestors. Yahweh has always looked for families by which He would reveal His faithfulness and express His glory.
Today, however, there seems to be an all-out assault on the family. Many books have been written about the devastation that results when there is an absence of a father in the home. A man’s commitment and faithfulness to the wife of his youth (Malachi 2) and the children he pro-generates seems to be shrugged off as easily as one would discard a piece of clothing they no longer find flattering. Even when men do stay in the home, many times their affections and focus are elsewhere (career, hobbies, etc.) and the identification of the children through the father figure is forfeited, many times resulting in children who are insecure and without the confidence to pursue the dreams and visions that Yahweh purposed for them before the foundation of the world.
So how does this tragic tale turn into a story with a happy ending? First of all, we must remember the promise to Abraham, that through his lineage all the families of the earth would be blessed! Yes, Yahshua the Christ, born in the lineage of Abraham, is always the starting point to every reformation. He is the way, the truth and the life-making Him the solution to every problem…and the complexities of family in this day and age have moved well beyond ‘problematic’. Secondly, there has to be a renewed commitment to godly marriages and a kingdom understanding of the dynamics between husband and wife. Next, there must be a discussion of the condition and practices of the home environment and the schedules families have adopted that are actually undermining the family unit. Well, this list could go on for quite some time and I commit myself to addressing these issues and many more in upcoming posts.