Speaking where the bible speaks, and silent where the bible is silent.

Genuine Family Circles

Contractors advertise themselves as ‘Homebuilders” but actually they build houses. What do you see? Rooms with windows, doors, closets, cabinets, fixtures, appliances and carpets, curtains, drapes, beds, tables, sofas, etc. They call it a “model home,” but really it is not a home at all until there are clothes in the closets, dishes in the kitchen, towels in the bathroom and food in the refrigerator. It isn’t home until somebody hangs their hat there.

So my plea today is not simply for “Home” but for better homes. I do not plead for houses filled with men and women and boys and girls, but I plead for peaceful households and for genuine family circles.

Someone said, “The strength of a nation …. is in the intelligent and well-ordered homes of the people.” And today, as never before, America needs strengthening, not with greater armies and navies, not with greater airplanes and armaments, not with greater social security or improved balance of trade, but we need strengthening in national morality, in political honesty in diplomatic integrity and in social and judicial justice. This kind of strength cannot be legislated or decreed. It must come from the homes of America.

We don’t only need better beds for our old backbones, better food for our children, better rugs for our feet or better clothes for our bodies, but we do need better family relationships — more harmony between husbands and wives and more real companionship between parents and children. We need more time to work and play together, more life to share together, and less — much less– of trouble to fear together.

For A Better Church

I plead for better homes for the sake of the church. Bad homes are a blight upon the cause of Christ, and I do not speak of dilapidated houses, decaying, unpainted and crumbling. These really do no harm at all to God’s church, but bad morals in the family, strife and discord under one roof, irreverence and disobedience, these indeed bring shame to Christ. I do not speak of bad neighborhoods, but of ungodly households. I do not speak of bad schools but of bad children and bad parents, who determine the quality of any place.

And I remind you that if the homes are bad, the church cannot be good. The real glory that belongs to God because of the very existence of the church (Eph. 3:10, 21) will be virtually invisible to the world if the families in that church are unholy.

If we love the church, we will have to show our love around the dinner table as well as around the communion table.

For More Secure Souls

I plead for better homes for the sake of the soul. Of course, Christ is the Savior of our souls, but the blood he shed is figuratively dried up by the cold indifference and the complete unconcern for spiritual values in so many homes. The gospel is God’s power to save, but it is rendered altogether ineffective by the counter-influence of worldliness, greed, lust, and covetousness that usually pervades the family circle and that often even prevents the existence of a family circle.

Let none of us suppose that our religion can be turned on and off when we go in and out of the meeting house door, but rather let us be fully aware of the importance of spirituality at home. The obligations, as well as the privileges of the family, begin with marriage. If the family is to be happy, providing a wholesome household, the marriage must be right from betrothal to the deathbed.

Both parties must have a scriptural right to the marriage – Mt. 5:32. They must both enter the marriage determined to leave others and to cleave to each other – Eph. 5:31. Each must unreservedly give himself or herself to the other – 1 Cor. 7:5. Each must love the other as he or she loves self – Eph. 5:28. Each must determine to keep the marriage intact for life – Rom. 7:1, 2.

If the marriage is right, then the family has a good start and with proper nurture, the home can become a real sanctuary, a place of refuge for troubled husbands, frustrated wives, distressed children and insecure aged.

The home must provide incentives for life, and the power of home influence needs to be purposely planned and pursued. This will include the proper and wise allocation of our time, talent, and energy. Someone said, “When you give an hour of your time, you give an hour of your life.” If today’s parents can see the need of giving some of their life for their children, then let them begin by giving some time.

So I must plead for fathers who will be like Joshua, who said, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,” and who will be like Cornelius of whom it was said that “he feared God with all his house”.

And I must plead for mothers like Hannah, who gave her son to the Lord while he was yet an infant so that he would serve God all of his life. Let the mothers truly accept their God-given role and let them live up to the high ideal that humanity has always visualized at the very mention of the word, “mother.”

Remember, the home, the family circle, if you please, must provide the conscience for the nation, the commitment for the church, and the credentials for heaven.

Comments on: "Genuine Family Circles" (1)

  1. I truly believe the United States is in this state because we have walked away from our faith and our Lord is allowing this to happen to wake us up. Our homes, places of worship lack the feel of glory. God is acknowledged but not present, our lives no longer respect our Lord. It is time we Christians re-establish ourselves as Christians and once again carry the cross.

    Thank you for this study.

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