In today’s world, the Christian family faces attacks from various forces seeking to undermine the values and beliefs at its core. As 1 Peter 5:8-9 warns us, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith…”. One of the key ways to protect the Christian family is by understanding and recognizing the root cause of these problems, which ultimately comes down to the clash of two worldviews: one based on God’s Word, and the other based on human opinions.
The first step in protecting the Christian family is acknowledging and following the biblical definition of family, established by God in the Book of Genesis. Genesis 2:24 states, “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” Marriage is defined as a union between one biological man and one biological woman, and the family serves as the primary unit for passing on godly knowledge from generation to generation (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
Secondly, it’s important to teach our children the value of basing their worldview on God’s Word, starting with Genesis 1-11, which lays the foundation for a biblical perspective. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” This foundation equips them with the knowledge and understanding needed to make moral and ethical decisions based on God’s teachings, rather than being influenced by the moral relativism promoted by secular society (Romans 12:2).
The third step is emphasizing the importance of apologetics in defending the Christian faith. 1 Peter 3:15 encourages us to “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” By providing scientific and biblical answers to the questions and challenges raised by society, we can equip ourselves and our children with the knowledge and confidence to firmly hold onto our beliefs.
Fourth, it’s essential for parents and churches to actively engage in teaching children the biblical discernment between good and evil and making wise decisions based on God’s Word. Proverbs 22:6 instructs, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.” By instilling these values from an early age and in a supportive environment, children are better prepared to resist the pressures and challenges posed by secular society (Ephesians 6:4).
In conclusion, protecting the Christian family involves building a strong foundation on God’s Word (Matthew 7:24-25), teaching discernment between good and evil (Hebrews 5:14), and equipping ourselves and our children with the knowledge necessary to counter attacks on our faith. Parents should consider alternative education options, such as homeschooling or Christian schools, to ensure their children’s education aligns with their faith and values. By making these choices, parents can help foster a supportive, faith-based community that encourages the spiritual growth and development of their children (Proverbs 27:17).
In the midst of these challenges, always remember that God is our ultimate source of strength. As we strive to protect and nurture our families, let us take comfort in the knowledge that the Lord will help and preserve His children. As Isaiah 41:10 reassures us, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”