Hollywood is said to reflects the mores of society. The evolution of the family on television certainly attests to the changes in family structure in broader culture.
In the earliest days of television, we entered the homes of traditional families like Father Knows Best, I Love Lucy, and Leave it to Beaver. Families on television began to change in the 1960s. Single parent homes like My Three Sons, The Andy Griffith Show and the famous Brady Bunch blended family helped us cope and sympathize with the tragedy of death and divorce. Families on TV continued to evolve, and today we laugh with families of gay couples, unmarried couples, transgender couples, and yes, we still see the occasional traditional family.
Family is the cornerstone of life and society. For Christians it is important to remember that God established family. While TV, movies, and music are engaging sources of entertainment and help us understand the changes in culture and society that affect family, the Christian concept of family is to be centered in the word of God.
5 TRUTHS FROM THE BIBLE THAT NURTURE FAMILY LIFE
THE FAMILY IS DIVINE IN ORIGIN.
God initiated the first family unit. “So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to come over the man, and he slept. God took one of his ribs and closed the flesh at that place. Then the LORD God made the rib He had taken from the man into a woman and brought her to the man” Genesis 2:21-22. “This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh“(Genesis 2:24).
THE FAMILY IS DIVINE IN PURPOSE.
God has at least three purposes for family:
Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is like him.” (Genesis 2:18). ”This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). ”Haven’t you read,’ He [Jesus] replied, ‘that He who created them in the beginning made them male and female, and He also said: For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, man must not separate” (Matthew 19:4-6).
Procreation (Genesis 1:28; Psalm 127:3-5).
Nurture. “Now if anyone does not provide for his own relatives, and especially for his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8; also Mark 7:9-13).
The marriage relationship is to be characterized by mutual and voluntary submission in respect and trust. “…submitting to one another in the fear of Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21)The Bible calls for mutual fulfillment in sexual union in the marriage relationship. (1 Corinthians 7:3-4)
The Bible calls for mutual fidelity in a monogamous relationship. “Marriage must be respected by all, and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge immoral people and adulterers” (Hebrews 13:4). “Do not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14).
THE RELATION OF PARENTS TO THEIR CHILDREN:
- Teach their children. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
- Train their children.(Proverbs 22:6)
- Lovingly discipline their children. (Ephesians 6:4)
- Provide a worthy example for their children. (2 Timothy 1:5; 2 Chronicles 26:3-4)
THE RELATION OF CHILDREN TO THEIR PARENTS:
- Honor parents. “Honor your father and your mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the Lord your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12).
- Obey parents. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, because this is right” (Ephesians 6:1). “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing in the Lord” (Colossians 3:20).
- Learn from parents. “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction, and don’t reject your mother’s teaching” (Proverbs 1:8).
- Provide for needy parents. (1 Timothy 5:4)
The word of God is the Christian source of wisdom and contains God’s plan for achieving healthy family life.
(Some of the biblical insights are paraphrased from ERLC.com/family)