An Upside Down World
“Here for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I do not seek what is yours, but you; for children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.” (2 Corinthians 12:14,)
Several years ago Hillary Clinton, currently serving as Secretary of State, wrote a book entitled "it takes a Village." Her premise was that society joins together to raise children. While it's true that each of us have been blessed by our communities and neighborhoods, Hillary Clinton got it all wrong!
But the former First Lady really was just repeating what society has been saying for years. There is a predominant worldview that places the "village" in a predominant position. Such a worldview is fundamental to the problems that we experience in our society today. We live in a world in which the state has become the provider. Our founding fathers had no such idea. They were convinced and convicted – even willing to give their "lives, fortunes, and sacred honor" – of the fact that the state was the "child" and thus was the servant of "We the people."
Let me propose an alternate worldview. It is a worldview that is foundational to the Christian life, and has been the understanding of conservative generations since the days of Adam and Eve. Here is the worldview: it doesn't take a village, IT TAKES A PARENT!
Men and women have a natural desire and a supernatural command to procreate. They do this so that they can eventually build a village! In the village they will have opportunity to fully express their individuality. All the needs of the body, soul, and spirit will have opportunity for expression within the village. But remember, at the bottom of it all is the family unit.
When we turn the world upside down and create a nanny state, with the state providing for the children rather than the children providing for the state, we are in for a rough ride!
In His Grace,
Heavenly Father, give me the vision to see the attack on the modern family. Give me the wisdom to know how to stand in defense. In Jesus’ name! Amen.
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