From the Pastor’s Heart,
We were blessed Sunday to hear Dr. Del Tackett teach on God’s design for the church and the family by way of a DVD from the Truth Project put out by Focus on the family. In Ephesians 5 we learn that both the church and the family are to reflect each other in what the Apostle Paul calls a profound mystery. In the family the husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. The wife is to submit to her husband as Christ submits to the Father. Likewise the church is to submit to Christ. Dr. Tackett points out that the words submit and authority have become negative words in our present day culture even in the church. The reason for this is that the true meaning of these terms, which is actually a glorious thing rather than a negative thing, has been distorted and turned into something ugly.
However, instead of correcting the abuse and rediscovering the glorious aspect of authority and submission the tendency has been to simply reject it altogether. This has had a damaging effect on our social institutions including the church and the family resulting in the devastating social change taking place in our culture today. When there is no recognition of authority and submission everyone is left to do what is right in their own eyes. The root of the problem is a rejection of God’s nature and the social order He has established. While we are free to reject God’s nature and His order we are not free from the consequences of doing so.
We find the solution to this problem in the Godhead. In the Godhead we have God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Father loves the Son and the Son submits to the Father. They are one. The Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son forming community in perfect relationship and perfect harmony. This is the essence of God’s nature and order that is stamped and imprinted on every social institution including the church and the family.
In the family there is a husband, a wife, and children. The husband loves the wife and the wife submits to the husband. They are one. Children proceed from both the husband and the wife forming community in working toward perfect relationship and perfect harmony. In the church, there is Christ and His body the church. Christ loves the church and the church submits to Christ. Within the church the Scripture refers to shepherds and flock. Here is the profound mystery. While Christ is the head, he is also the shepherd and the flock being that He is in us and we are in Him. That’s the spiritual reality. However, the visual reality of God’s order is shepherds that provide oversight and the flock that is equipped to do the work of ministry forming community in working toward perfect relationship and perfect harmony, all in submission to Christ.
It all boils down to relationships and proper authority and submission lived out in community as family according to God’s very own nature. Any justification of alternate family patterns like same sex marriage, open marriage, same sex parents, polygamy, as well as any other deviant and perverted substitutes, is simply rebellion against God’s nature. And since those in rebellion hate God’s nature it stands to reason that they will hate all the social systems that carry the stamp and imprint of His nature. This is the root of why the family and the church is under attack today. Important teaching. I hope you were encouraged.