If we haven’t already heard about it yet, let me fill us in. The family, as God intended it, is under assault. Man has taken it upon himself to redefine the family. Now the family is the basic social unit of our society. Our society takes its shape from the family, or in other words, our society is a reflection of the family. If the family is redefined, our society will redefine itself as well. It will change and look different.
So what’s my point? My point is this: If man redefines the family contrary to God’s will, our society will suffer negative consequences as a result. That means our way of life could drastically change for the worse. Whenever man acts contrary to God, there is always a consequence of some sort.
I’m sure many people would consider me alarmist. "Nothing drastic is going to happen to our society. Since the family has been redefined, nothing bad has happened to us." So I should quit sounding the alarm.
As God’s messenger I am called to warn us and our society when we don’t walk according to God’s word, which is the Bible. In our text, from the Bible, God tells us that He made both the man and the woman and that they would constitute the basic family unit. He didn’t create two men or two women to form the basic family unit but one man and one woman who remain committed to each other throughout life. They become one. Now when man deviates from this created order there are bound to be problems. I warn us that this will be the case.
Now you might ask, what kind of problems? When two people of the same sex get married they can't reproduce. That means the population decreases. If left to an extreme, the human race could disappear. Now God commanded us to be fruitful and multiply. When two people of the same sex come together, they aren’t able to fulfill that command.
An entire society was wiped out when it condoned homosexual behavior. Sodom and Gomorrah were wiped off the face of the earth. That is a constant threat to our society. Our existence is at stake when we redefine what constitutes the family.
What about public order? When people just live together without making a commitment to each other, what does that do for society? Often times, society has to support the single parent who has children. The other parent isn’t forced to be responsible or to take care of his offspring. This places a burden on society.
When man perverts what God has created and ordained, all kinds of problems arise. Redefining the family throws everything else off. What amazes me, though, is that man never admits that his behavior is the cause of problems. When two people of the same sex marry, when a man and a woman aren’t committed to each other, they aren’t at fault for any of the problems in our world. It’s not their behavior that’s the problem; it’s those who have a problem with their behavior who have the problem.
God established the family the way He did for the sake of good order. Whenever man deviates from God’s good order, man can expect problems. And if we don’t think we have problems today in our society because of how the family has been redefined, we need to have our heads examined.
We see the breakdown of the family happening before our very eyes. This all isn’t going to end up very well. It’s just a matter of time.
I’m not sure what we can do to stop it, though. Just recently the Supreme Court approved of gay marriage even though the majority of people in our country were against it. Our own state had passed legislation against gay marriage. That was all overturned by the Court. The voice of the majority doesn’t matter much anymore. So what can we do?
We need to continue to model how God intended the family to be. I believe our example speaks volumes. We need to remain steadfast in the Lord without compromise. Perhaps some of those who have perverted God’s family order will come to their right minds and repent of their ways and be incorporated into God’s family. This is what we hope will come of our godly and biblical example.
We need to pray for our country. God listens to our prayers. The Bible tells us that the prayers of the righteous carry a lot of weight before God. So we pray that God would right the course of our nation with respect to the family. We pray that God would turn the hearts of rebellious people into hearts committed to His ways. And we pray that God would bring many more into His family by the preaching of the word and our godly example.
God brought us into His family when we came to faith. He worked faith in our hearts to believe in His forgiveness. We were born in darkness, separated from God’s family, but then He came into our lives. At that point we became a member of His sacred family. The reason we were able to become a part of His family was because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. His death opened the door for us into God’s family. Because of what He did for us, we were able to become a member of the family of all believers.
Often times, we take our member status in God’s family for granted. We don’t appreciate being a part of His family. I think that’s awful. Go to an orphanage sometime and you will come across some children who so much want to belong to a family. It breaks your heart to see that. We ought to be grateful we are in God’s family and that He has claimed us, and aren’t orphans ourselves.
Because of what He has done for us, we go out into the world and form our families according to God’s plan of the family unit. One man and one woman who are committed to each other is the basis for the family.
Now I don’t want us to think that there is no hope for those who have perverted God’s plan for the family. When Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead to forgive us our sins, He extended that forgiveness to all people. His forgiveness is for everyone. So even though there are people who disobey God when it comes to the family, God’s forgiveness is for them. So there is hope for them if they repent of their disobedience to God and turn to Him for forgiveness.
We should pray that God would work repentance in their hearts. I’m sure we know of people who aren’t living according to what God says constitutes a family, who have redefined the family, but we shouldn’t give up on them. Instead, we ask God to bring them back into His family and model what a real family ought to be.
We live in difficult and troubling times. God’s definition of the family has been turned upside down. Those who have redefined the family don’t seem content to stop there. They continue to butt up against the moral boundaries based on God’s word. Their intent is to do away with any morality based on religion. They are the instruments of the devil.
But Jesus has conquered the forces of evil. As of now they have their day in the sun, but a day is coming when the sun will be darkened and their party will come to an end. When that day arrives, we will be caught up into God’s eternal family. Never again will the definition of the family be redefined. May the Lord keep us steadfast in the faith by the Holy spirit until that day.