I'm reading an interesting book called "Face to Face, Meditations on Friendship and Hospitality" by Steve Wilkins. He articulates something that seems so simple yet I'm not really sure I ever grasped it before.
"The church, as the great covenant family, is the example of true community and thus is the pattern for all human communities in the world. It is also the example of the true family, from which all other families learn how to live. We learn how to live in our families by living within the Family of God and being taught by it. The church becomes the center of all society, because God founded church for that purpose-to teach and build up the people, so that we might live faithfully in all other areas of life." (p.12)
I believe this statement to be true although unfortunately I think what we see around us is the exact opposite. How a family functions is brought to bear upon the church and how it functions rather than the church coming to bear upon the families themselves. There may be teaching and practical helps for families but it becomes more about the methods rather than the Biblical ordering of church and home.
I am amazed at the ramifications of this. Does a home in turmoil that is not Biblically ordered reflect a church that is not Biblically ordered? And does this mean that a local church not Bibically ordered is then responsible for the order of the homes represented therein? I am beginning to realize just how vast is the connection between a high view of the Church and families. I'm not sure you can have one without the other.