Family Still Matters- By Samuel Ludington
It has often been said that media is a mirror of society. Television programming and movies are supposed to reflect people’s realities. If that is the case, what is reflected in American media is a sad indictment of our current society and more importantly a sad indictment of the current state of families. Today we have television programming that celebrate characters engaging in extra-marital affairs, shows that glorify divorces and normalize dysfunctional families. It’s hard to imagine that less than 20 years ago, shows like “Full House” “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Family Matters” all of which centered around and celebrated family, dominated the airwaves. If in fact popular culture reflects the realities of American society, than in 20 short years the conceptualization of an intact family unit is becoming antiquated. The sad truth is that statistically, this notion is supported. Half of all marriages end in divorce, 1 in 4 children will grow up in a single parent home, and there are an estimated 3.8 million couples in the United States opt to cohabitate instead of marriage. In light of these troubling statistics, one must ask themselves “Does family STILL matter?”
Throughout scripture we see not only the importance of family but also the means by which God blesses and encourages the formation of a family unit. Family serves as God’s inherent and immediate COMMUNITY for His children. After creating Adam, God said “It is not good for man to be alone, I will make a helper for him.” God has placed us in families to encourage and build one another up in our faith, to laugh with those who laugh and cry with those who cry. It is through the family that one establishes their LEGACY. As we grow our own individual families we are not only passing along family attributes and name, we are cementing our spiritual legacies as well. Psalms 103:17-18 says, “But the loving kindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him. And His righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.”As the family unit becomes less of a priority in American society, it is becoming increasingly important for the church to fight for and pray for families. Family STILL matters to God and it is up to His Church to passionately and unashamedly champion families. Joshua 24:15 says, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my household WE will serve the Lord.” As Christians we need to establish and encourage families that are rooted in a commitment to God alone. Instead of popular culture mirroring society, what would happen if society mirrored the Bible?