What is the core of any society?
Everyday, I see headlines that describe awful events and unimaginable stories. Society is deteriorating before our eyes. The Bible describes this:
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,” – 2 Timothy 3:1-2
What can we do to correct this?
As Barney Fife would put it, we need to “nip it in the bud.” In this case, we need to strengthen the core of our society, but what is that core?
In the passage above, the Apostle Paul is encouraging Timothy that even though society will get more evil, he needs to remember what he has been taught. He went on to exhort him:
“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” – 2 Timothy 3:14-15
Who taught Timothy the Scriptures?
Timothy’s godly mother and grandmother-his family-instilled a sincere faith in Jesus Christ in him through the Scriptures.
“When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” – 2 Timothy 2:5
The core of our country is the family. Studies show that when families are strong, society is strong, and when families grow weak, society grows evil. The family is the key to a strong society.
Here are 3 simple ways to strengthen your family:
1. Spend Time with them Socially
The greatest way to show someone you love them is to give them your time. Children don’t care how much money you have; they want your attention. Our families are just like any other investment-the more we put in, the more we get out. With our instant access to those on the other side of the world, we forget to spend quality time with those closest to us. Go home from work, put down your phone, make memories with your family, and teach them life lessons through fun family activities.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
2. Strengthen them Spiritually
It is the family’s responsibility to train the children in spiritual matters. If you yourself are not sure about your fate after you die, you can find out more about the truth about eternity and settle that today. Your family is not going to have a strong faith if the only time they hear the Bible is one-hour a week in Sunday school. Timothy’s mother and grandmother made sure to teach him the truth of Scripture. Make the Bible a regular part of your family life.
“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” – Deuteronomy 6:6-9
3. Stand for them Scripturally
The family is an institution designed by God. He intended for it to be one man, one woman for life.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” – Genesis 2:24
But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. – Mark 10:6-9
Divorce rates are near 50% for both Christians and non-Christians. The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that same-sex marriage is legal. Society is tearing apart the family. We need to stand up for the family and resist the culture shift.
The family is the core unit of our society. When we strengthen our family, our country becomes stronger. I encourage you to spend time with them socially, strengthen them spiritually, and stand for them scripturally.
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Helpful Resources for your Family:
- Are We There Yet? A Perfect Journey for Imperfect Couples by Paul and Terrie Chappell
- Making Home Work by Paul Chappell
- A Firm Foundation: Building a Household of Faith on the Unchanging Principles of the Word of God by Paul Chappell
- Passionate Parenting by Cary Schmidt
Matthew Brown is a law student at the University of Akron School of Law. He has a passion for religious liberty and constitutional law and a desire to see the nation strengthened through strong Christian churches, Christian families, and Christian individuals. You can connect with him on Twitter at @MattBrown1575.
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