Christian understanding of "family"
The concept of "family" has been in the news quite a bit recently, one way and another. In NZ it looks as if our current government is set on changing the social landscape as drastically as a previous one did the economic landscape in the 1980s. So, I've been invited to put together a short "briefing sheet" for Christians on Christian understanding(s) of family. The aim is to provide a short started for busy people, perhaps one folded A4 sheet in total
, so no space for a whole dissertation!
It's an exciting, but daunting, prospect. Exciting, because it is a topic I am passionate about (after all I've been part of families all my life ;), but also because I think it's a topic where a close look at the Bible (and especially the bigger "half") leads to very different conclusions from most Christians' knee-jerk responses. But it's daunting, after all how do you say something useful and meaningful in just a few hundred words... it is
a big topic!
So, suppose you
were invited to do this task:
- What would you be sure to include?
- What can I leave out?
Some of the things I am currently thinking may need to be mentioned are:
- Families in the Bible
- Family and marriage
- Some highlights (including bad ones) from current statistics on real families
- Features of good families
- How to support and strengthen families