Summary: 1st in a 5 part series applying Biblical answers to family concerns. Using the 10 commandments as the Biblical basis.
THE TOP PRIORITY FOR FAMILIES
INTRODUCTION OF SERIES:
We want to begin a new series today entitled, "Foundations For A Fulfilled Family.” What do you think of when you hear the phrase: "traditional family values." I have mixed feelings when I hear it. On one hand it’s good news because for decades we had been living in a values vacuum. From the 60’s moral free culture, where we basically said, "Anything goes," to the “Me Generation” of the 80’s we just kind of overlooked family values. And now in the new millennium we’ve discovered the fall-out. Listen to some of these statistics from the US bureau on Statistics about the 1990’s. Every 30 seconds there was a divorce in America. Every 4th child in America was born to an unwed mother. STD’s have reached medically defined epidemic proportions. 47% of all children in America now live in homes bearing the scars of personal divorce.
No wonder we have a call to, "We need to get back to family values." But here’s the other side that may not be good news. What exactly are “traditional family values”? Like the "Newsweek" magazine article some time ago by Joe Klein, which headlined the question: "Family Values? Whose Values?" What values are we going to accept? Just look at TV for example and ask that question. Whose family values are you going to implement? The Simpsons? The Bundy’s? The Barone’s? The Camden’s? You see it’s politically correct now and many want to say, “Let’s get back to family values,” but where are you going to find those values?
Well, I want us to go back in the past. But I want us to go back further than the values of the Cosby’s in the 90’s or the Brady Bunch in the 70’s, even further back than Ozzie & Harriet or Donna Reed. I want us to go back some 6000 years, where a perfect Father gave the original "Traditional family values." They are found in the Ten Commandments. And when you apply several of God’s "Top Ten" to families you can be assured that they have stood the test of time. These values have outlasted every fad of society. They are the bedrock of the western civilization. Jew, Muslim, Christian- all agree on their value.
So, for the next 5 weeks I want to study five of these time tested moral values that are “family friendly.” If you’ll listen carefully and implement them, I promise that you will fortify your family and give it the best chance for success. Deut. 6:6-7- "Always remember these commands I give you today. Teach them to your children.."(NCV) Notice two things: (1) Remember these commands.. Let me ask you, “How many of you believe you could name all Ten Commandments from memory?" You wouldn’t be alone. George Gallup’s book Surveying the Religious Landscape revealed that only 49% of all Protestants and only 44% of all Catholics could even name four of them. Now, obviously, if you don’t know them it’s certainly going to hard to live by them. God says, "Remember these commands." (2) Teach them to your children. In other words, pass them on. Do your children know these 10 values? They probably don’t know them any better than you do. God says, "these are important, remember them.. teach them." That’s why I want us to spend the next 5 weeks impressing these “Family-friendly Commands” upon our hearts and applying them to our homes, because our families desperately need some time tested, Godly, traditional family values. (PRAY)