Protecting your keep
“The future of humanity passes by way of the family.”
— Pope John Paul II,
Familiaris Consortio, 86.
Peace of mind for home and family
There is a temptation to think of “the culture” as something happening outside of our homes. Yet, the most important culture people will ever know is the intimate society of the human family. This is where real love or lasting pain can develop. Family is where children are first socialized, where they learn gender roles and expectations, what relationships are made of and whether or not people can be trusted.
The Bible is clear that leaders in the faith community need to first have their own homes in order. The reason is simple: We cannot give to others what we do not have. As we work to promote cultural change, we must continue to look inward at what is happening in our own families.
Are we talking to our children about how God made them a boy or a girl for a reason and how blessed they are just as they are? Are we teaching them about God’s design for healthy relationships? Are they free to ask questions about sexual matters, about their bodies, their desires, what they see on TV or hear at school? Have we prepared them for the dangers of the culture by equipping them with the truth? And, most importantly, are we modeling these things in our own speech and actions?
People may never feel called to speak out publicly, but anyone can begin to speak words of truth and healing within a family unit. This is no second-class work. Building stronger families can be incredibly challenging, especially where brokenness has occurred. Yet, in a world that is increasingly fractured and isolated, the warmth of the family hearth is a priceless witness to others. Remember that cultural change begins in us and in our homes. Our children will be shaping society tomorrow. Have we taught them how to lead?
Copyright © 2013, Daniel Weiss. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Dig deeper with the following online resources:
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Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls
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