God Created the Family Structure

Family Structure

Written by Andrea Crum

December 10, 2022

God created family.

Today, according to Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll, just 29% of Americans say it is “very important” for a couple who have children together to be legally married. That’s down from 49% in 2006. That’s a sharp decline in a relatively short period of time.

So, how does God feel about family?

Think of God Himself…three persons, one being: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are a family unit. Father and Son being the first two clearly revealed in Scripture, which depicts the parental structure.

Then Christ Himself the groom and the church His bride. Again, the importance of the family structure and these two critical roles of male and female, husband and wife, as clear model depictions of God’s plan for creation.

As part of our responsibilities to govern creation as outlined in Genesis 1:26-28, we are called to increase and multiply.

The family unit is what enables that increase. Not only for procreation, but also the family unit produces image bearers (representatives) of Christ because for those who are parents, their first ministry is to raise up their children as disciples. Disciples in Hebrew means to be a scholar or learner of God’s Word.

The family is God’s original design and plan for ensuring His name is glorified on earth.

If that foundation is removed or destroyed then the likelihood of the faith being passed down reduces greatly.

This impacts GENERATIONS.

Conservatively speaking, one husband and wife with two kids who each have two kids who each have two kids will produce 14 individuals in three generations.

No wonder so many are eager to destroy the foundation of what God has created.

Take out the family, take out the faith.

Literally.

The family structure not only ensures a healthy, growing, productive society, but also a healthy, growing, productive church.

Jesus said, “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So, they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Mark 10:6-9
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ABOUT ANDREA CRUM:
Andrea Crum, a biblical worldview, apologetics, and family discipleship leader, equips families with biblical truth for navigating today’s cultural chaos. As the author of Christ over Culture: Raising Christian Kids to Stand in a Postmodern World and a graduate of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Andrea provides parents with the insights and strategic tools they need to prepare their children to stand up, stand out, and stand apart as a Christ follower in a confused culture. A wife and mother of two, she beautifully combines her passion for the Word of God and the family by leading Genuine Family Ministries with her husband, Matt, and hosting the Raising Christian Kids Conference. Follow her on Instagram for parent equipping and family discipleship at @andreacrum7 and @genuinefamilyministries.

ABOUT GENUINE FAMILY MINISTRIES:
As the parents of two boys, Matt and Andrea Crum know firsthand the struggles parents experience navigating the cultural challenges being thrown our kids way. Equipping them with Biblical truth, teaching them God’s design, and guiding them through the treacherous identity and other culture conversations that are more and more prevalent these days can be overwhelming and exhausting. That’s why they founded Genuine Family Ministries. Through focused teachings and tools on the Biblical worldview, the anti-Biblical postmodern ideas that exist today, and how to discern between the two, Genuine Family Ministries is preparing the next generation of faith-filled believers to stand firm on their faith no matter what the culture throws their way.

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