THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2019
FAMILIES IN CHRIST
February 14, 2019
The foundation for mission is having strong families in Christ.
How are families to be in Christ?
the very start of creation, God already made clear His intentions
and design for marriage and family. From the first book of
Genesis, we learn that God intends humankind to be two sexes
onlymale and female, and not the very many genders society
has come up with today, thereby making unacceptable homosexual
unions and LBGT. God intends the couple to have children,
lots of them, thereby making unacceptable contraception, abortion,
infanticide and population control. And God intends humankind
to have dominion over His creation, thus making unacceptable
in the second book of Genesis, in the second story of creation,
God again puts forth a number of divine principles with regard
to family and life.
intends a man and a woman to be united as a new entity in
marriage. “That is why a man leaves his father and
his mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become
one body.” (Gn 2:24). Such marriage is to be for life,
as a new unity has been created by God, and what God has
joined together no one can put asunder.
In marriage, the wife is to be a helpmate to the husband,
who is the head of the family. “The Lord God said:
It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper
suitable to him.” (Gn 2:18). The headship of the man
is signified by his naming the woman. “This one shall
be called ‘woman’” (Gn 2:23b).
Both have the same dignity as humans created in God’s
image (Gn 1:27a). And while there are different roles (including
the principle of headship and submission), both are complementary.
They are intimately linked to each other, as the woman is
taken from the rib of man (Gn 2:21-23a). They are to have
a relationship of mutual respect, support and nurturing.
The husband and wife become one flesh in sexual union, intended
for spousal love and bringing children into the world, and
such sex is holy. “The man and his wife were both
naked, yet they felt no shame.” (Gn 2:25).
When we do not live out God’s prescriptions, then all
wrong things happen. Today we have divorce, disunity and strife
between husband and wife, unholy sex in and outside of marriage.
And such aberrations, or rather deviancy, tend to get worse
and even more diabolical.
is no longer just between a man and a woman, and not even
between two men or two women, but some are getting married
to inanimate objects including robots or buildings. How
ridiculous. But unfortunately true.
Sex has gone outside of the marriage bed, resulting in the
Sexual Revolution, where anything goes, including necrophilia
and bestiality. The latter perhaps do not realize that God
presented various animals to the man but none proved to
be a suitable partner (Gn 2:19-20).
started when liberals argued for those who are raped or
the victims of incest, but now has moved to killing any
unborn child not just in the first trimester, not just in
the second trimester, but even at the point of birth, and
even after birth.
has always existed since time immemorial, but now has morphed
into transgenderism, where a boy can be a girl and vice
versa, if they simply believe and say so.
Much of the world today no longer know Christ, are not in
awe of God, and do not walk in the ways of the Spirit. But
if we were to do so, then we would be blessed. “Blessed
are all who fear the Lord, and who walk in his ways.”
(Ps 128:1). In what ways would we be blessed, especially as
spouse and children will be blessings. “Your wife
will be like a fruitful vine within your home, your children
like young olive plants around your table.” (Ps 128:3).
Our family will be provided with what it needs for a joyful
life together. “What your hands provide you will enjoy;
you will be blessed and prosper.” (Ps 128:2).
Our lives will prosper throughout our lifetime. “May
the Lord bless you from Zion; may you see Jerusalem’s
prosperity all the days of your life” (Ps 128:5).
Our generational line will live on in the Lord, as we “live
to see (our) children’s children” (Ps 128:6a),
and even to the generations beyond.
family will be at peace. “Peace upon Israel!”
So say it again, especially we the men who are the heads of
our families: “As for me and my household, we will serve