Living in a time when the family is under attack, the real danger is idolizing the family. We hear the family first and may be tempted to say amen. But Jesus will have none of this. When family is first, God plays second fiddle.
from Family Traits by Wynn Kenyon
It really is a good article and well worth reading. Lots to ponder especially when there is a tendency for the homeschool market to be unbalanced in this area.
He goes on to say:
The family is central to the biblical ethic. It is the primary image of the relationship of the saints to God. The work of Christ was required to bring about regeneration and adoption, making believers heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. And the book of Revelation culminates in the wedding feast of the Lamb. Given the significance of this concept, what does it mean to live a life “worthy of this calling?” What should family members look like? To answer these questions we turn to the biblical narrative.
Individuals were not made to exist in isolation, but in community, just as the triune God exists in community. Because we are created in the image of God, we are relational beings. The difference between God and man is that the persons of the Godhead don’t grow into perfection where humans do. Since “it is not good that the man should be alone,” God made “a helper fit for him.” God created woman and established the family, along with other significant social structures to meet this need. God designed the family to be the primary institution to give children the moral and rational tools to subdue the earth. God created the bonding that naturally occurs (that is, family ties) as well as natural instincts and declared them good…Genesis carefully balances the significance and purpose of the family.
But don’t be content to read these snippets… read the whole article. Family Traits by Wynn Kenyon