The traditional, Biblical Family is under attack from every corner these days. The Government attacks the traditional, Biblical family by penalizing and taxing it to fund the welfare programs that actually reward broken homes. Many couples simply live together unmarried in order to qualify for funds that they would not qualify for if they were married. I have even read of elderly couples who have been married for years divorcing and remaining together in order to receive government help which would not be available had they remained married. Then there is the societal attack in which the traditional, Biblical family is ridiculed and mocked in the entertainment industry as well as in the workplace. Among others, gay rights activists have mounted an attack on the traditional, Biblical family in order to promote their agenda of same-sex marriages with all the benefits and privileges of heterosexual marriages. Every major media is being used to promote this agenda including our public schools which are being sanitized from all moral opinion based on the teachings of the Scriptures. Then there is the attack from none other than the Religious (not Christian) left. It is impossible to be Politically correct and Biblically correct at the same time.
However, today there is a movement of so-called religious people who are actually promoting the same agendas I named above. Their new bibles, hymnbooks and liberal theologies all work toward the same goal, that of breaking down the traditional, Biblical family instituted by God himself. We find in Genesis 2:24 "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife (not girlfriend, lover, fiancÚ' ....It is WIFE): and they shall be one flesh."
Hebrews 13:4 says, "Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whore mongers and adulterers God will judge."
After God created Adam he said," It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him," Gen.2:18 Then in v.21-22 God took a rib, made a woman and "brought her unto the man." GOD INSTITUTED THE FAMILY!
It is pretty obvious that there was a great designer behind all this design. Just look at the compatibility of the two to each other. Just look at the different physical features which compliment each other. Again, God instituted the Family and God has a plan in the Scriptures which assures its stood success. The breakdown of the family takes place when this Divine plan is altered or not adhered to. No family is secure from serious breakdown when God's divine plan is not the foundation.
Psalm 11:3 "If the foundations be destroyed, What can the righteous do?" Is your marriage in trouble? What can you do about it?
As I stated in part 1, The family is in trouble when the divine plan for the family is altered or not adhered to as outlined in the Bible. I realize it is not popular these days for a Christian and especially a preacher to point to The Word of God and tell folks that is the final authority. God intended the home to be a haven, not a hell-hole. Today, homes become horrible, harsh and hellish because God's word is spurned and His plan is mocked. The greatest enemy of the home is none other than the devil himself. He aimed for it with the first couple and hasn't let up since! He is constantly working to bring it down, to cause confusion and division. Please read I Peter 3:1-7.
The foundations of a healthy home are based on the Bible and those foundations will hold it up in any storm.
- Submission is the first foundation of a happy, healthy home. (Eph.5:21-24) The husband is to be the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the Church. The husband is to be submitted to Christ, "the head of every man." Children are to be submitted to the leadership and authority of their parents. (Eph.6:1-4)
- Sweetness is the second foundation of a happy, healthy home. "It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house." Prov.21:9 Also read Proverbs 25:24; 21:29; 27:15 Bitterness and a critical, cantankerous attitude will tear a home apart. 1 Peter 3:4,7 speaks specifically about the attitude of the husband and wife in the relationship. Notice: "ornament of a meek and quiet spirit" and "giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel".
- Sensitivity is the third foundation of a happy, healthy home. In 1 Peter 3:1, "won by the conversation of the wives..." and v7 "giving honor unto the wife..." show that both marriage partners are to consider the needs of each other. There needs to be time for talk, touch and tenderness in a marriage. Ladies, don't compare your husband to those suave, soap opera dreampuffs. They are not real. Men, don't treat your wife like an unpaid maid and cook. She needs to be shown appreciation. Sensitivity in your marriage is a necessary foundation for happiness.
- Spirituality is the fourth foundation of a happy, healthy home. 1 Peter 3:4-5 should be read. Notice: "which is in the sight of God of great price" and "as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered." The greatest defense against Satan's attack on the family is Spirituality. The first three foundations are held together by this 4th! The only safe home is a Spiritual home! A Saved, Spiritual family will be able to weather the storms and stand secure. If your home is in trouble, You must begin with you own Spiritual condition! Do it now! "If the foundations be destroyed, What can the righteous do?" Nothing but cry!