The Family; a National Reformation from Within

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity – to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” [James Madison, 1778 to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia]
“Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. – 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.”
– Deut 6:1,2&7
When all other authority has been corrupted and fallen short of its God given responsibility, a father still has the ability to change the direction of a nation by shaping the culture in his home. This is the hope for America and the subject for this message.
If you have known me for any amount of time, or have read much of my musings scribed here and there, you will know that I am passionate about the earthly authority God has structured. Specifically I want to share with everyone what the Bible says about self government, family government, church government and lastly civil government. These four clear areas of authority are laid out in the scripture and are profoundly important for understanding what it means to have a Christian nation. And as such, what it will take to reform a nation that has gone astray.
Beth and I have served in politics, in churches, in the government, on the streets, and in any other place we thought we could make a difference. All of these things are good. All of these things are necessary. As Christian’s we should do all of these things and more to serve those around us and to honor our Lord. However, the thing we as Christians so often overlook in serving in these Biblical institutions is the family.
Not only do we overlook it in our activities we are involved in, but we overlook it as the root cause for the very things we are trying to fix. If we better understood the symbiotic nature of the relationships between the governments of God we would understand that the moral issues we are facing as a nation are a direct result of the breakdown of the family structure as God created it.
If there is a shortage of Godly leaders in the church, then it is because there is a shortage of Godly families to supply them. If there is a shortage of Godly men to lead our nation, it is because there is a shortage of Godly leaders in the church to train them. Each of these governments, the church and the state are dependant on the family government. All three of these, the church, the state, and the family, prosper from proper self-government among their members.
It is the family where we first learn of self-government. It is the family where we are taught the proper roles for men and women, and where we learn what it means to serve others. It is the family that trains children to be good members of the church, and of society. These same members of the family jointly educated and discipled by the family and the church then are capable of becoming leaders in the civic realm.
How different would our nation look, if this next generation of leaders had the moral capacity to make decisions based on their internal Christian beliefs? How would it look, if the average person could take the Bible and apply the truths found therein to every area of life? If we as a nation could apply those truths to every thought we think, every word we speak, and every decision we make, how different would this nation look two generations from today?
It is the role of the father, and in his absence the mother, to teach these distinctly Christian values to their children and to model them in the home and to teach this generation to pass them on to the next generation.
When was the last time you heard a sermon about the family alter? When was the last time you were asked how your nightly family devotions were going? These use to be common Christian features in our families. Today they are a lost art. How do we get them back? How do we find the encouragement and the discipline to gather our family on a regular basis and teach them from the word of God?
That is one of our chief goals at josiahproject.com. We recognize the true importance of the family in relation to the broader culture and we seek to re-establish some tools and to set some standards that will help make this a reality for Christians who are seeking to make a difference.
As such, it is my privilege to officially introduce to you a new media company that is dedicated to doing these very things. Franklin Springs Family Media is committed to producing DVDs that are edifying for the entire family. They are not Christian films simply for entertainment, although they are greatly entertaining. They are films that will inspire and encourage fathers, mothers, and children to embrace their role within the family and to strive together to develop a sound pattern of Biblical practices that will impact generations to come.
If you are concerned about the future of our nation and if you would like to be encouraged in the role you play as part of a Christian family, then I would encourage you to pick up both, a journey home and Family Harmony today. Buying these films today won’t change America before the next election cycle, but it just might change your family, which is the seed of change for a nation.
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