Family Ties – Conclusion


Hearth and Home. The place that I run to each day before dusk. The place where I know that there is a companion and friend. I laid a fire after supper tonight, and as it was beginning to waft it’s aroma throughout our home, I grabbed the laptop and now I sit here watching the History Channel, and typing this final treatise on Family Ties while my feet soak in the warmth of the red oak burning.

In this final portion, after having stated my opinion and case; having asked the pertinent questions, I turn to the true source of wisdom. God’s Word to man, the Bible.

1Timothy 5:4  “But if a widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to respect their own family by repaying their parents, for this is pleasing in God’s sight.”  In this verse we see the principle of “repaying” ones parents. How is this accomplished? By taking care of them in their old age and not tossing them to the care of others.

1Timothy 5:8  “If anyone does not take care of his own relatives, especially his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” Pretty plain words there. Being worse than an unbeliever is not something I care to be labeled by God.

Providing for our elders is love, but it is also justice. When we were young, we were helpless. Then our parents provided for all our needs. When our parents become helpless, the roles must be reversed. We must provide everything for them, to the extent of their needs.

Those needs are more than financial. Older people often find themselves alone, without friends or family. They need companionship, mental stimulation, compassionate understanding, indeed love. So often the ideal place for them, when they can no longer live independently, is in the home of an adult child. Such home care enables the child more easily to meet the needs of his parent, and it gives the parent a real home, with loved ones and the support that only families can give.

The family unit was established before the Church was. The family unit is critical to the spiritual health of any community. The family unit is an integral part of the plan and will of God. We all know that the Bible declares that a man should “leave his father and mother and cling to his wife”, but trust me, this in no way relieves a man of taking care of his parents when they are old.

In this modern society we NEED the family unit. Plain and simple.

Blessings to all!


January 22, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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