Terry R. Baughman
“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband” (Ephesians 5:31–33).
God’s pattern and design for community begins with marriage and family. In the beginning God made a woman for Adam to be a comparable helper to him. Together they established the first community. This community was the work of two people who had children and grew their community by multiplication. From that foundation all communities who have followed began with the attraction of two who left their families to create a new family in the covenant of marriage and began growing their community.
As families groups grow and their children marry with other families the community becomes larger and more diverse. Communities become villages. Villages become towns, cities, states and nations. The world is populated by the multiplication of families and communities throughout time.
Secular philosophies have attempted to change the time-honored traditions about family and marriage and introduce new concepts of families that lack the ability to birth and nurture children. Family is now defined as any grouping of individuals or even humans and animals as the new community. Time will reveal the devastating results of such a radical social experiment.
Throughout this series we will focus on the faith of the family. Faith is crucial for healthy, biblical centered relationships. Faith brings us together under God’s headship, following His directives according to the teaching of His Word. Faith is the glue that binds us together and prevents failure in the family. Now more than ever before we must know His Word, instruct our children and students in God’s pattern, and prepare our families to thrive in a world of opposition to these traditional values of faith and family.
Responsibilities for the family are shared by the parents, but the leadership of the home rests upon the husband. He may relish the idea of being in charge or the boss, but with that headship comes great responsibility. He has the burden to provide and insure that the basic needs of the family are secured. While many women work outside the home and in some cases the husband is the primary caretaker at home, still he should feel the responsibility to lead his family as they grow together.
Strong men and women of faith contribute to families of faith. Strong families building up a community encourage others and develop faith filled churches. Strong churches build up their communities and help others to develop strong families thus resulting in stronger networks of faith throughout cities and states. This is how our nation was built and became a network of caring communities throughout much of the country. May we always be families of faith continuing to build a strong faith nation!
“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8).