You know the saying, “you can pick your friends, but not your family?” Memories of family life can inspire spontaneous laughter while standing in line at the supermarket, bring you to tears, or both – all at once.
Family life can be tough at times, but Dr. Russell Moore says that’s normal.
“I think the temptation is to somehow think that if we just love Jesus or if we’re just good people then we’re not going to have these difficult times that come with family and in reality that’s never what Jesus promised us. He said to us that our lives within the family are about carrying the cross and so that means that every interaction that we have within a family is an opportunity to pour oneself out. To sacrifice oneself in service to others,” he tells CBN News.
Dr. Moore is the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission which serves as the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.
In his latest book, The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home,Moore says focusing on the cross will help prevent families from capsizing.
“What we see on the cross is through hurt and through vulnerability we see the glory of God,” he says.
One of the reasons family life is such a challenge, he believes, is because it’s under constant spiritual attack.
“It’s because the marriage relationship, for instance, is designed after that picture of Christ and the Church and the relationship of a child to parents or a larger extended family is a picture of God who is Father to us Ephesians Chapter 3 says to us. So, of course, the spiritual forces, the principalities, and powers as the New Testament calls them would rail against that. They don’t like the picture of that and so what you see happening with the family in every generation, in every age all the time is similar to what someone would see trying to take apart a Gospel track because that’s what the family is,” Moore says.
SOURCE: Jennifer Wishon