I appreciated this insight from John MacArthur, dealing with the evangelical obsession with the nuclear family.
With all the material available to help families, why are so many Christian families in trouble?
May I suggest that our preoccupation may be part of the problem? We have become so engrossed in the family itself that we are losing our perspective on why the family is important to God and where it really fits in His kingdom plan.
… not all teaching that claims to be pro-family is genuinely biblical. In fact, some of the popular ideas that have attached themselves to Christian pro-family movements are clearly a threat to the true purpose God designed for families.
His point that our obsession with our family may border on (or even be grounded in) narcissism is worth pondering. As is this warning:
Scripture never suggests that we should elevate the temporal family at the expense of God’s family. We dare not turn our backs on the kingdom for the sake of our families (Luke 9:61-62).
May God give us wisdom to know just how exactly to balance the care for our own family with the responsibility of loving Christian brothers and sisters.
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