Improving Family, One Video at a Time
On the Truth For The World YouTube channel (TFTWTV), we have videos about the Holy Spirit, Calvinism, kings of the Bible, etc. But the most-viewed video of 2013, so far, is Words To Live By: Home and Family – “Being a Good Husband or Wife.” In fact, 5 of the top 10 videos so far this year are from the “Home and Family” series of our TV program Words To Live By. People are apparently interested in the home and family.
While we can’t read people’s minds about why they are viewing the videos, we would like to think that they are looking to improve their own family, and they are turning to God’s word to learn how to do it.
We all want a good family life and we already know that we need to follow God’s word in order to have it. But carelessness, apathy, or a false sense of security will allow us to make mistakes, neglect the home or not defend it against attacks. Any one of these may have devastating effects on the home and family.
We need to define our family as God’s word defines it. We need to constantly be evaluating ourselves within a marriage to see if we are fulfilling our roles properly. We need to be watchful for attacks against our home and family. In fact, we need to be holding God’s word up to ourselves constantly as a father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, or whatever to see how we are measuring up and how we need to improve.
James 1:22-25 states,
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
Would this not also apply to us as we fulfill our roles in the home and family?
As mentioned before, our TV program Words To Live By produced a series on the “Home and Family.” In doing so, we grouped our programs under three main subcategories.
- Plan – What was the original plan for the home and family? What did God intend it to be like? What is God’s definition for a family? The programs in this category were:
- “In The Beginning”
- “The Marriage Vow”
- “Marriage and the Song of Solomon”
- “Blessings of a Christian Home”
- “The Value of a Great Family”
- Roles – What are the different roles we are to have within the home? What are the responsibilities we have to God and to other members of our family? The programs in this section were:
- “God’s Need for Men”
- “A Worthy Woman”
- “Being a Good Husband or Wife”
- “Husbands, Love Your Wives”
- “Wives, Love Your Husbands”
- “Children’s Responsibilities to Parents/Parents’ Responsibilities to Children”
- “What Have They Seen in Thy Home?”
- Threats – What are the different attacks against the home and family? What should we do about them? How can we avoid the breakdown of the home? The programs in this category were:
- “Threat of Worldliness on the Home”
- “Movements That Affect the Home”
- “Attacks Against the Home”
- “Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage”
- “1 Corinthians 7”
- “What Broken Homes Do to Children”
- “Reasons for Unfaithfulness”
- “What David Did Not See From His Rooftop”
- “How to Avoid the Breakdown of the Home”
- “Will the Home as God Would Have it Survive?”
Surely our programs would not address every scenario that might be experienced in a home or family. But the idea was to use the Bible to offer Words To Live By. Those words would then be able to guide people as they addressed their own situation.
In reality, many of the problems that we face today regarding the home and family would probably disappear if we would simply go to God’s word on these three areas and obey it.
Think about the plan God had for the home and family. If we would follow God’s word, would there even be such a debate in the United States today about what really constitutes a family? Would we have those dictating to us to accept homosexuality under the false illusion of “tolerance”?
What if we each filled our roles in the family and carried out our responsibilities? If wives submitted themselves to their husbands and showed them respect and care how much adultery would there be in marriages? If husbands loved their wives just as much as Christ loved the church, would women rebel against their leadership or try to run the home?
What if we prepared against the inevitable attacks of the world and Satan against the home and defended our families? What worldly influences would be eliminated from our family? What evil trends in society would not even make it into our home? What sins would not be allowed to destroy or even disrupt our family? What falsehoods would not pull our children away from God and the church?
We all think about how to live the Christian life, but how much of living that Christian life involves how we act and interact within our family? In other words, if we will turn to God’s word and improve our obedience of its commands regarding the home and family, would we not also greatly improve a significant portion of our Christian walk? And would not stronger, more Christian families also improve the church which we attend? And would not generations to come be blessed by our faithfulness? The reminder that we are only one generation away from apostasy might be appropriate here.
“And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.”
Let us not seek out our own design for the family, but rather follow God’s plan. Let us not decide how we wish the family to function but have the courage and sacrificial love to follow God’s appointed roles and responsibilities. Let us not be lethargic or careless but instead prepare for attacks against the home and defend our family with every ounce of strength we have.
Our TV programs, Words To Live By: Home and Family are at your disposal to aid you in improving your Christian walk and strengthening your home and family. They may be found on our YouTube channel by going here https://www.youtube.com/user/TFTWTV or searching for “TFTWTV” on www.youtube.com . They may also be viewed on our “Truth For The World” channel on Roku devices, or on our own website here: http://truthfortheworld.org/words-to-live-by.
(All verses used are from the King James Version)
Submitted by: Truth For The World
Truth for the World is a global evangelism effort of the church of Christ using media and personal ministries. The work is overseen by the church of Christ at Duluth, Georgia.