From the beginning, the devil has attacked the family. He was not and is not satisfied with what God ordained in the Garden (Gen. 2:18-24). He realizes God made the family for man’s benefit and happiness (Psa. 127:3). So, to tear man down the devil assaults God’s way. We must resist and guard our families against Satan’s attacks.
The redefinition of family is marriage is one area of attack. We know the movement is going on in our nation. Same-sex unions were legalized in the Netherlands in 1998. Since that time marriage is increasingly regarded as irrelevant. Registered partnerships are converted to marriages, and marriage to registered partnerships. Thus, making the legal severing of the couple easier.
Government and schools are increasing their authority over the home. More and more the discipline of children is under scrutiny by officials. Parents must continue to follow God’s will in this matter, however, because His law is above man’s law (Acts 5:29).
The ease of divorce and remarriage is undermining the family. Quickie divorces are available in Las Vegas. You can even go to the internet for a divorce. Such is contrary to the Bible as the Lord taught one man for one woman for life, with one exception (Matt. 19:9).
Pornography is exploding. It is a work of the flesh that seems to be penetrating every facet of society (Gal. 5:19-21). Television shows, movies, the internet, and even news casts have pornographic and/or racy material. It is hard to walk through the mall without being exposed to what just a few years ago would have brought citations for lewd behavior.
Gambling is bringing debt, bankruptcy, and turmoil to families. The Lord warns us about covetousness (1 Tim. 6:10). Yet, it is promoted on nearly every hand, sanctioned by the state and even pawned off on us as helping to educate our children. It is a cancer on our society and needs to be banned.
The entertainment industry assaults the family in nearly every product it puts out. Men and women cohabit. Homosexuality is normalized. If there is anything that resembles a “normal” family, then the father is portrayed as a complete dope. Parents are pictured as either hindrances to children or their best friends who are non-judgmental and apologetic for not understanding the trials and hardships of their children. Parents need to be parents (Eph. 6:4). Children need to respect them, obey them, and gain from their wisdom and experience (Eph. 6:1-3).
Churches are to blame as well. Many religious groups have long ago compromised basic convictions to accommodate the changing society. Thus, they give tacit approval to what the Bible condemns. Scores of religions accept divorce and remarriage as a way of life and do nothing to teach God’s will on the matter (Mal. 2:16; Matt. 5:32). They even approve of shacking up.
Families and Homes Are Failing
In society we can see the breakdown of the home. Children kill their parents and parents kill their children with regularity. This goes beyond abortion, which is a heinous sin to be sure. The divorce rate is ridiculously high. Juvenile crimes are on the increase, including when they go into schools and ruthlessly mow down other children. Young men are raping young girls, preteen ages and below. Some really sick things are happening and it is directly connected to the failing family.
In the church divorces are more common. Husbands and wives ignore God’s will on the matter and do what their own selfish interests lead them to do. Children are falling away frequently; so are parents. Young people are dating and marrying the wrong type of people. They are going off to college, but not to church. It is sad, but true.
What To Do
We need to get back to the Bible with regard to the family. The way to protect our home and keep it from danger by respecting and adhering to God’s Word. Let us expose our children to wholesome forms of entertainment. Be watchful of their friends. We need to be careful about the friends and entertainment we expose ourselves to too. Our children will learn from our habits, not just our words. Spend time in Bible study and prayer with your family. Ask your children about their lives. Give them the attention they need and deserve. They are precious gifts from God, let us treat them that way.