I know something of what Elijah felt when he said:
'I am the only one left and they're trying to kill me too!' 1Kings 19:10
Alright. Nobody's trying to kill me, as far as I know. But it's worse in a way. There's an Enemy who is trying to destroy the Christian family. And he knows very well, that if he destroys the Christian family, he's effectively destroyed the church. I believe it's as simple as that. And my wife and I get lonely. Will anyone join us in fighting this battle for the family? It can be done, but we'll win it more easily if we fight together!
Forgive me if I am being judgemental, but I despair of finding a well functioning Christian family anywhere. Maybe someone will prove me wrong. Granted, there are a few. All the ones I know are a good drive away from here though.
So let me ask you something. Is this you?
- You are married with children. Both of you love the Lord, pray and read the Bible most days both separately and together. Okay, lets throw in single parents. You have an ongoing walk with the Lord. It is the most important relationship you have.
- You take the Bible very seriously. It really is the final word.
- You take your children to church. You teach your faith to your children through regular organised bible studies and prayer at home, casual discussion and setting an example. You don't leave it to the church to do all of that for you.
- Your children (even the teenagers) are relatively well behaved and do not have a wild or rebellious spirit.
- Dad - you play your part as the head. You are ultimately responsible for teaching and disciplining the children and you take this seriously. Having said that, both of you work as a team in this respect. Single mam - you work at this also, leaning on the Father to the Fatherless (Psalm 68:5) and teaming up with other families in the church seeking good male role models.
- You show lots of love and affection to your children, (try really hard, by God's grace, to) stay even tempered and build a strong bond of love them.
- You prayerfully and carefully consider issues such as your children's education, the media they are exposed to, the holidays they go on, the friends they spend time with, the chores they do and their interests. Without stifling them, you develop healthy interests and activities in their children.
- You prayerfully guide your children towards good jobs and suitable marriage partners, protecting them from sexual predators as they grow older and finding suitable social activities where they can make the right friends.
- You live in (or very near) Sunderland.
- You have time to make new friends.
If so, let's join together in the Lord, for the sake of the next generation. We may be only a tiny remnant, but God has the habit of raising up small remnants to fulfill His purposes!