Dispensable to Replaceable

Our government continues marching towards a legal redefinition of marriage. Last week our President pandered to the homosexual crowd and offered up his “evolved” support for same sex marriage. I realize that there are many factors that have led our country to this edge and that no one response will counteract it. We must certainly proclaim the gospel, starting with God’s good and righteous standards and then His gracious offer of forgiveness in Christ to all who repent and believe. As Christians, we must speak boldly about judgment on all sin, including homosexuality, and speak humbly as those who deserved His judgment ourselves. Win or lose in the political short term, we must not back down.

We must also love and honor our moms. The move toward naturalizing homosexual marriage is a direct attack against male and female image-bearing as well as a strike at the family at the centralizing unit of society. As I said, there are a variety of problems that got us here but one clear failure is the dishonoring of wives and moms in the home. Dads have provided the model of neglect and allowed their kids to pay little attention as well. The heads of houses have neglected to train the household to give thanks for moms. Children reach a certain level where mom becomes dispensable. If mom is dispensable, certainly her role can be redefined and she can be replaced by anyone.

Conservative Christians have left the door wide open for unbelievers, not because we have compromised our paperwork, but because we’ve shown no reason to appreciate moms. The church is responsible to lead the way in showing honor to whom honor is due and instead we’ve taught the culture that giving flowers and cards on one Sunday a year is enough.

Motherhood as a Mission Field

Motherhood as a Mission Field

Though normally found writing at Femina, Rachel Jankovic’s guest post on the Desiring God blog hits home for wanna-be gospel-centered moms (and dads). I recommended her book on motherhood/parenting a few days ago and it wouldn’t surprise me to see this article making a great chapter in a future book.

Jesus calls all His disciples to die, but

The closer you get to home, the less intriguing the work of sacrifice seems.

That’s a pain, especially since we spend so much time at home. Likewise, the closer you get to actual sacrifice, the less attractive it appears.

Giving up what you cannot keep does not mean giving up your home, or your job so you can go serve somewhere else. It is giving up yourself. Lay yourself down. Sacrifice yourself here, now.

I like David Brainerd. Mostly. I feel the same about Jim Elliot (whom Rachel quotes), and others of their ilk. They spent their lives in obvious ways for heavenly purposes and are commended by evangelicals for such commitment. But we’re easily tempted to measure our heavenly mindedness according to earthly standards. If something is so obviously heavenly, how do we know that? By actual heavenly standards, or by ones that were easier to determine…by earthly standards?

Amidst all the “crazy love,” “radical” speak, the key is to actually be radical, not do what everyone thinks is radical. Daily-dying parenting is radical indeed.

God calls some families to plant their homes in foreign lands for sake of gospel fruit. Families that plant thankfulness at home, no matter the street address, will grow juicy gospel fruit as well.

You cannot have a heart for the gospel and a fussiness about your life at the same time.