Is the family today in need of a healing? You be the judge | Faith
by The Press and Standard | July 15, 2018 5:00 am
Last Updated: July 10, 2018 at 2:53 pm
Given the recent plight of immigrant children being separated from their parents, I felt compelled to talk about the family unit again.
There is already enough drama and emotional sickness today in families that need attention without adding to that by separating children from their parents. Couldn’t there have been a more humane way to have handled this? I have heard before that “family” as an acronym means, “Father and Mother, I Love You!” The “I” represents the child. Therefore, the family should exist as a unit.
In order to grasp the full meaning of my message this week, it is going to be very important that you read II Kings 4:8-37 first. As we take note of the Shunammite woman in these passages of Scripture, we see that she was a prominent woman in her community. She was well respected because the Scripture says that she was “great.” Also, she was a woman of great faith. She was a woman who respected her husband as the head of the household. The Shunammite woman respected the man of God and believed that he was sent by God. This woman took great care of her family.
Her family was very important to her. There were times when she had to keep things inside so that the family would not fall apart. Isn’t that typical of a Christian mother today, shielding things from her family to keep that “glue” in place to hold her family together?
Then that brings me back to the topic of discussion. Is the family in need of a healing? As I expound on this topic, I want you to be the judge of that question. When the Shunammite woman’s son fell ill, she said, “All is well” (verse 23 KJV). What a strong faith given the condition of her child! Well, what is going on in the family today that doesn’t reflect the values that were instilled in us so long ago? What is going on in the family today that points to the fact that today’s family has come down with a serious illness that requires some medication? How does separating these immigrant children from their families add to the “illness of the family” as a whole? How “well” is the family unit?
Here are some points to consider, along with Scriptures, and as you ponder them, remember that every point will not apply to every family. Some families are “well,” but the reality of the situation, as a whole, is present.
• Women, young and old, are in the streets and the nightclubs looking for a husband or a partner (Proverbs 18:22).
• Seome men have lost respect for women as they have lost respect for themselves (I Peter 3:7 and Ephesians 5:33).
• Many marry for the wrong reasons (Genesis 2:18 and II Corinthians 6:14).
• Too many parents are busy trying to be friends/buddies with their children (Ephesians 6:4 and Proverbs 22:6).
• Children are not always taught to respect their elders (I Peter 5:5, I Timothy 4:12, and Leviticus 19:32).
• There is a lack of value of a good education in some communities (Ecclesiastes 7:12, Proverbs 16:16, Proverbs 4:13, and Proverbs 18:15).
• Many children are not exposed to the cultural values that they need to broaden their concepts of the world around them (Daniel 1:17).
• Sometimes parents do not encourage their children to work for what they want (Psalm 127:3, Proverbs 23:13-14, and Proverbs 29:17).
• There is far too much apathy about issues of major concern such as voting, community involvement, supporting charities, etc. (Mark 12:17 and Romans 13:7).
• Domestic abuse is on the rise, and we are allowing it (I Peter 3:7, Colossians 3:19, and Ephesians 6:4).
• Many of us constantly blame others for our downfalls when, at times, we can be our own worst enemies (Proverbs 28:13, Proverbs 21:2, and Genesis 3:12-13).
• Crime and drug abuse are at an all-time high (Romans 12:19, Proverbs 6:16-19, Mark 7:21-22, Proverbs 20:1, I Corinthians 3:17, and Luke 10:27).
• Teen pregnancy remains a prevalent issue (I Thessalonians 4:3-5, I Corinthians 6:18, and Ephesians 5:3).
• Depression is on the rise more and more each day (Psalm 34:17-18, Isaiah 41:10, and Jeremiah 29:11).
• “Family Feud” is no longer a game show; it is a “real” show (Matthew 18:15-17, James 4:1-2, and Ephesians 4:26)!
• Finally, we don’t go to church the way we used to go (Hebrews 10:24-25, Matthew 18:20, I John 1:7).
In the words of former president, Barack Obama, “It took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun. Today, we begin, in earnest, the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today.”
Therefore, I leave you with this question, and you be the judge: Is the family in need of a healing today?
Have a wonderfully blessed week, and never leave home without Him!
(Anna Bright is a minister and educator in Walterboro. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)