Dr. Stanley Spence, Pastor First Baptist Church, Lincolnton, N.C.
What is the power of the family? They love you when no one else will. They see themselves attached to you whether you have earned that right or not. A family is a unit. I had a brother who when growing up picked on me, but no one else could pick on me or they would have received his wrath. A family sees the potential that lies within when many will not take the time to look. We are now in a season of human existence where the identifiers of a family are diluted or contaminated beyond recognition. So what does this mean to our communities?
Organizations no longer experience the loyalty of members because loyalty in the family is not taught as before. Everyone is seeking their personal path to happiness and not the best path for the larger unit. When we were children we understood the power of a father’s guidance and leadership. As organizations, we face leaders who will not follow because they can’t give up leadership or they seek a different result from the organization and walk away from the organization when they can’t get their way.
There are some who leave organizations because they believe they have let the organization down. In a family unit you may let the family unit down but you are still part of the family. Failure in the organization is seen as an excuse to leave or run off the person who fails. It shouldn’t be this way in God’s family.
The health of our society rests on the health of our families. In a healthy family, all of these things may happen; and yet, the family still moves forward. Organizations and communities are a reflection of the health of our families.
The church is supposed to be a faith family, the kingdom of God, the family of faith in Jesus, brothers and sisters configured for one another's benefit and encouragement. We are to uplift and support each other as a family does. When the church experiences all this swapping of loyalties as if to think God can be found and experienced in another place more fully it is all the more indication you should stay. Uplift the Kingdom of God wherever you are. It isn’t about your feelings as much as it is about your support for the family.
What would people say if you said, “I’m embarrassed by my family; therefore, I’m leaving them!” Most would say, if you’re disloyal and unwilling to help your family you won’t be loyal to other organizations either. If something isn’t the way you think it should be, bear down and stick things out. You just may be the answer the family is looking for on their journey. During this COVID season, look for ways to be the family others need and join together as soon as possible and be safe.
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