I have been pondering lately what it means to have a Christ-Centered Home and how it relates to the three imperatives of my life. The three imperatives that remain the focus of this Blog — God, Family, Country. I firmly believe that whether we walk this journey we call life alone, as a couple, or as a family, community or nation that we cannot get ahead by leaving God behind.
Have We the People, individually and as a nation, really progressed as we have passed from being hunter-gathers to an agrarian through an industrial and now to a technological society? As we have moved further from our relationship with the land and the Creator that gave us all Creation what have we lost? As we have become more “taker” than “caretaker” of what the Creator has given us, have our lives really become better or just easier and faster?
Do we take time and care with our interpersonal relationships particularly those of our family and posterity? Do we give full attention to the needs of our Sweethearts and help meets? Or are we slaves to social media for contact with loved-ones and those around us?
As we travel through this life do we enjoy the journey? Are we civil to those who join us along our way or cross paths with us for a season? Do we heed the Psalmist cry: Be still and know that I am God? Do we take time to reflect upon the beauty around us or are we just to busy? And can busy be defined as Being Under Satan’s Yoke?
Can we truly walk the path of Judeo-Christian discipleship without following the two great commandments. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Have We the People, individually and as a nation, forgotten the God that caused this nation to rise. Have We the People, individually and as a nation, forgotten the Judeo-Christian principles upon which our nation was founded. Principles inculcated in our Declaration of Independence and our 1787 United States Constitution.
Have We the People, individually and as a nation, forgotten “Home and Hearth?” Home and Hearth where fathers and mother gathered their brood about them 24/7/365 to school them in the importance of God – Family – Country, as well as, the three R’s – Readin, ‘Ritin and ‘Rithmetic. Home and Hearth where duty and honor to God, Family and Country were taught and expected. Home and Hearth where prayer and attendance at church as a family were important facets of life. Home and Hearth where the Scriptures were read regularly and used as a textbook for reading and the teaching of conduct and ethics. Home and Hearth where gallantry was taught and expected of both sexes. Home and Hearth where respect for elders was taught and expected. Home and Hearth where course and crude language was unacceptable and the mark of an uneducated man or woman. Home and Hearth where fathers and sons worked together to provide for the family. Home and Hearth where mother and daughters worked together to make a house, however humble, a home.
In saying all this, I am acutely aware that there are many single-parent homes for any number of reasons. I myself grew up in such a home. There are many mothers who have to be both father and mother. There are even a few fathers who have to be both mother and father. These situations do not alter the dynamics and blessings mentioned above concerning Home and Hearth. They only become more difficult to achieve and most probably of greater necessity.
Some years back I came upon the following antidote. A father came home from work after a busy day and sat down to read his newspaper and get caught up with what was going on in the world. His little girl glad that he was home wanted him to read her a story. He shooed her away several time until in frustration he took an insert from the newspaper that had a picture of the world on it. He tore it into several pieces and gave them to her. “Here, put this together and then I will read you a story.” The little girl return in couple of minutes. “Here Daddy, now will you read me my story.” The father was amazed that she had put the picture together so fast. “How did you do that so fast,” he asked? She turned the picture over and their was a picture of a house. She said, “I just put the home together and the world took care of itself.”
O how We the People, individually and as a nation, need to return to the past if we are to have a future!
May God Bless and Save the United States of America —
Our Constitutional Republic !