Tuesday, March 29, 2016

"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - Why the Family Matters to the State

"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - Introduction
"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - To Master Peter
"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - The Lord's Prayer
"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - Pray Like a Barber
"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - The Ten Commandments
"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - Sabbath Day
"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - Why the Family Matters to the State


In his exploration of how to pray the fourth commandment ("honor your parents"), Luther offers words relevant for our day as we witness the deterioration of the nuclear family:
Second, I thank this rich, gracious Creator for myself and for the entire world, that He in this commandment established the increase and preservation of the human race through the home and state. For without these two realms, or governments, the world would not stand for a single year. Without temporal government there is no peace. Where there is no peace, the home cannot exist and children cannot be born and raised. The institution of father and mother would completely cease. This commandment exists to preserve and protect both home and state. It commands obedience from both children and subjects. It commands that this happen, and where it does not happen, disobedience against it will not go unpunished. Otherwise, children would long ago have already torn apart the home through their rebellion and laid it waste, and subjects the state, because they outnumber parents and rulers. Thus, the benefit of this commandment is impossible to express adequately. (20)
The state plays a role in protecting the family. Luther is clear on that and few would question that point. Yet today the state fails to understand that the key to a peaceful society is a strong family where values are taught, parents stay together, and children are raised to be moral and good. Undermine the family and the state will have a mess on its hands. We are witnessing that now in America.


For more:
How to Pray in a World of Terrorism
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