I am learning so much these days. Always captivated by the timeless truths of Genesis 1 and 2, I cannot but seek to find the solutions to earthly challenges without first referring to these 2 chapters of the sacred text. The matrix of "family", is so often the frame for the practical solutions the church stumbles over. In the west, there is a temptation to seek clarity by either embracing the trauma of the corporate business model - impersonal, professional and hierachical; or there is the drift towards the influence of rampant individualism that repeats the fragility of the book of Judges ["everyone did what seemed right in their own eyes"].
Both of these are counter scripture. The family is the biblical matrix. From the mandate of the garden, to the Abrahamic story, through the Jesus journey, measured by the model of the Acts communities and epistle education, the family is the default button for the divine architecture. The 4 generational heart of "Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the boys," is matched with the Pauline apo appeal of 2 Tim 2:2 "what you have heard from me, teach faithful men who will teach others also".
May I propose where most movements go wrong, is the fathers wait way too long to move from their positions of leadership - el dulce - to the role of releasing their sons to become fathers in their own right. This almost 'grandpa' role, is absolutely essential to the journey of families multiplied, not organizations established. May I honor my dear friend Terry Virgo. I have watched him start the process of empowering sons to become fathers in the NF story. Whilst they are chartering new waters, I do so commend them for pioneering a way for many to follow.
In my next blog, we will look at Ex 17 in this regard....