Small shifts that can make a big difference – How you see the family

What is going on? Our world is going crazy! Well, knowing that we are all damaged and live in a broken world it should not surprise us to see everything that is happening. Today we are witnessing among other things a huge shift in the family and its definition. The family used to be the union of one man and one woman, but not only history tells us that, but even today in some regions and in some religions, one man and two or more women is acceptable. In other areas of the world one woman and two or more men is okay. Lately the West is moving to accept one man with one man, and one woman with one woman. A few months ago I even saw in the newspaper that a woman married her pets.

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We need to understand that when we open certain doors, it is very hard to control what can come through them. This is what the Denzel Washington character in the movie The Equalizer said: “When you pray for rain you got to deal with the mud too.” We will end up getting things that we did not expect when we start that whole process. Family was supposed to be simple. The problem is that we are dealing with people, people affected by the fall, all of us sinners.  Many people have turned their backs to God, because they want to be their own god and to do whatever they want. That complicates the whole thing.

In the beginning things were simple. This is what we read in Genesis: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. Gen. 2:24.” A man and a woman will live together, have kids and be happy. Well, we all know the rest of the story. But Jesus confirmed that Word in the New Testament: “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? Matt. 19:4-5. That was and still is the original plan, the master plan. The problem is not the plan. The problem is you and me. We like our own plans better than God’s.

The worst part of this whole thing is that the brokenness between husband and wife leads to brokenness in our children. Because we were supposed to be in unity, our children should be nurtured and they should grow up knowing what is wrong and what is right. Well, not anymore. The Scriptures gave us clear direction about that: “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. Ex. 20:12.”  Rarely does that happen in today’s culture. Many parents are raising children who do not respect anybody and who think that they are entitled to anything and everything. We are creating monsters, and they are the ones who will make decisions about our lives in the near future.

I wish I could give you hope that things will get better, but sincerely, I cannot. Things will get worse. I have three pieces of advices for you: Trust in God, listen to His Word, and Pray, Pray a lot!

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Lucas

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