by Gray Graham
Jesus taught us that we are suppose to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. We are also taught that even an evil person loves their family. Why then do I often counsel people that have no love from their family?
I talk to so many people that have been abandoned by their families in their time of need. Just about every person you see in need has a family that refuses to help them. We live in times where sharing what you have with your parents, children, and siblings is too much to ask. We expect strangers to do more for our families than we do.
It really is disheartening that there are so many people that care more about vacations, fancy dinners, and extravagant nights on the town than they do about helping their parents and children. I see people that will spend money on expensive cars and designer clothes but will let their child sit in the dark because their electricity has been turned off. Keep in mind these are good Christina church folks.
There was a time when family was all that you had. Our families working together was the key to our survival. You needed grandparents, parents, children, and grandchildren to work the family land. You stayed together, prayed together, ate together, and lived together. The family was the key to keeping you in line and the community in order.
Those days are long gone it would seem. The two groups that are the most abused and ignored in our society, children and the elderly, are also the most vulnerable. We treat our elders and our children like they are a burden instead of a treasure.
Instead of taking care of the weak, we tell them they need to learn to be stronger. Instead of telling them to stand on our shoulders, we tell them they have to stand on their own without us. Instead of being their rock in the Holy Spirit of God, we tell them to find their own peace.
It is no wonder so many people are easily led astray. I often talk to people whose immediate family has harmed them more than anyone else and in most cases the family never thinks they did anything wrong.
People often forget that building a strong family is the most important task we are given by God. Strong families built on love is the cornerstone of life. We have gotten away from that and instead have become selfish. We only think of ourselves and our wants always striving to please our sinful desires.
But you are not going to find many people that acknowledge that they are being selfish. Instead they will frame it as if someone is trying to take what they have because they are too lazy to work.