In class last Thursday we continued to talk about the cultural practices that Jesus turned upside down – one of them was the traditional family. Of course, Jesus had a family, and cared for his family, but he also sought to redefine family lines. He argued against the traditional father as patriarch and said that God the Father was the patriarch. He told some of his followers to leave their families and follow God.
Early churches felt like family – and many churches today refer to their “church family” and continue to use the Biblical language of “brothers and sisters in Christ.” In a world of broken relationships and the breakdown of the nuclear family, many churches continue to redeem the fallen practice of family by being family to their members.