Reforming Family Life

To be perfectly honest, I don’t have a whole lot of thoughts to write here regarding Reformation Day.  In times past, I used to write quite a bit about this or that topic which pertains to the theology which comes out of the Reformation (and ultimately flows out of Scripture itself).  But this year I’m just going to reiterate a theme that’s been on my mind for the past several months–the glaring need for reformation in Christian families.  So in the spirit of Semper Reformanda, I offer my humble opinion that part of what’s needed in today’s church is extending the doctrine of the Reformers beyond the textbooks and into our everyday lives.

One of the contemporary theologians who does this well is Dr. Joel Beeke.  I like to say that he’s one of the last modern-day Puritans.  His sermon on the importance and necessity of family worship, for example, should be heard by all Christians.  It’s part of the overall call to lead simple, separate, and deliberate lives.  It’s part of the call to put down our screens and actually communicate truth to our children.  Perhaps most striking of all, it’s a call for men to lead their families instead of taking a back seat.  Family reformation goes hand in hand with the reformation of the church.

It’s so easy to get sucked into the things of this world and to neglect family life.  That goes for fathers and mothers alike.  It’s not easy to detach ourselves from the destructive habits which foster worldliness, but it needs to be done.  To use “crunchy” language, we need to “detox” from the things of this world and imbibe solid, biblical theology for the whole of the Christian life.  After all, the Christian life is not to be lived out piecemeal.  The lordship of Christ is to be recognized, embraced, and celebrated in every part of our lives.

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One Response to Reforming Family Life

  1. Jeff says:

    I think you may want to read a good book,,, First Comes Love: Finding Your Family in the Church and the Trinity, Scott Hahn delves into the Gospels to showthat family terminology–words like brother, sister, mother, father, and home–dominates Jesus’ speech and the writings of His first followers, and that these very worlds illuminate Christianity’s central ideas. Through real-life examples and from the Scriptures, Hahn makes it clear that, no matter what sort of family we come from, we can all find our family in the Church

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