August 1, 2023
Family Ideal – A Belief in God
Have you ever considered what your family ideals are? The most essential family ideal is a belief in God. The family unit is the cornerstone of society, serving as the bedrock upon which we teach our children about values, build relationships, and find support. In many cultures, a belief in God and adherence to godly principles play a vital role in shaping the foundation of a strong and effective family. These beliefs foster an environment where commitment to marriage, family, extended family, and sobriety are embraced while the husband’s roles as protector, provider, and priest are upheld.
Protector, Provider, and Priest
A belief in God provides the proper moral guide and sets a standard of righteousness within the family. Parents instill purpose, empathy, and compassion in their children by demonstrating religious teachings and emulating values at home, work, and church. Biblical principles emphasize the importance of selflessness, forgiveness, and understanding, creating a nurturing and harmonious family environment.
In traditional societies, the husband’s role as protector, provider, and priest is often deeply rooted in religious beliefs, and Western culture is not alone in this aspect. First and most importantly, the husband serves as the protector, offering a sense of security and stability that emanates from his belief in a higher power and responsibility to his family. As a provider, a loving husband ensures the family’s material needs are met, while additionally, as a priest, he leads the family in spiritual matters, guiding them through prayer and religious practices. He sets the example and tone for everyone in the family.
More Precious Than Rubies
A wife with Proverbs 31 values is of immense importance in a family and society. The biblical passage describes a woman of virtue, strength, and wisdom who brings immeasurable benefits to her household. This loving wife is known for her hard work, integrity, and devotion to her family’s well-being. She is resourceful and industrious, inspiring others and contributing to the family’s prosperity. She is a source of support and encouragement to her husband, fostering a strong and harmonious partnership. Her kindness, compassion, and wisdom make her a role model for her children, shaping them into responsible and respectful individuals. She exemplifies the essence of a loving and nurturing family, leaving a lasting positive impact on all those around her. And for generations to come.
A Sacred Bond
A belief in God fosters a profound commitment to marriage. The Bible teaches that marriage is a sacred bond, a covenant that should not be broken easily. This understanding of marriage as a divine institution encourages couples to work through challenges, prioritize compromise, and seek guidance in times of difficulty. As a couple seeking God first, the family unit becomes more resilient and cohesive.
A belief in God and biblical principles promotes a strong sense of commitment to the family unit. Scriptures emphasize the importance of family ties and advocate for the support and care of family members. This commitment extends beyond the nuclear family to include extended family members, creating a network of emotional and social support for all members involved.
Beyond the Immediate Family
A Christian family cares for extended family members when called upon. This commitment is often seen through financial support, caregiving for elderly relatives, and participation in family gatherings and celebrations. Such connections foster a sense of belonging, identity, and continuity, enriching the family experience and personal belonging.
Christian families understand the importance of earning enough money to meet the needs of the family while also being prudent in saving for the future. Proverbs 21:20 advises the wise to save for the future, ensuring that the family can face the challenges of aging without fear.
The Bible advocates for sobriety and even abstinence from alcohol. By adhering to these principles, families avoid the potential harm and discord that excessive alcohol consumption can bring. The consumption of alcohol is a deeply personal decision and should be in accordance with the scriptures. Sobriety promotes responsible decision-making, enhances communication within the family, and ensures a safer and healthier environment for children. Professional help is highly recommended in cases of alcohol abuse.
In conclusion, a belief in God builds a strong, loving, and secure family unit. A father who embraces the role of protector, provider, and priest will nurture his children’s physical and spiritual needs, preparing them for their future responsibilities grounded in a belief in God. The “virtuous wife” not only strengthens the family but also serves as a testimony to God’s love and presence within the family’s bonds. Good parents make the best role models for their children. If God is at the center of our family, we will strive to honor Him and remain steadfast in our commitment to each other, seeking His guidance and wisdom in every aspect of our family life.
Author: Jon-Roy Sloan is the Chief Communications Officer for NationsUniversity and the author of Anastasia Smiles: Love Needs No Translation. Disclaimer statement: Please note that the opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone and are based on his personal understanding of scripture and how God works in our lives and do not necessarily reflect the views of NationsUniversity®.