Defocus on the Family
Do Christian’s place too much emphasis on the family?
Reading through 1 Corinthians 7 I get the feeling that American Christians have defined themselves as married couples with children and anyone not there yet is still maturing. It’s a blanket statement with absolutely no scientific support. But it sure feels true. Paul states throughout this passage that it is better to remain unmarried. That married people have their attention divided between serving God and serving their family. Can someone serve God by serving their family–no doubt. But Paul seems pretty adamant here that it is God first and starting and serving a family second. He admits that he is speaking from wisdom and not a command from God and can hear people gasping at the thought of not being “fulfilled” by getting married and raising a family.
But I have to ask the question: Do we place too much emphasis on the family as Christians in America?