Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Reflections on Focus on the Family

After thinking about my observations from yesterday, I'd like to just briefly mention two bite-sized reflections on what I found.
  • Poverty is one of the biggest threats to marriage and the family (see here). And one thing my wife reminded me of is that abortion is so much more likely when people are in poverty. Let's not get caught up in whether poverty is primarily the fault of personal responsibility or structural/systemic issues, but rather work on transforming both.

  • Focus on the Family believes that we should love those who suffer (even in poverty) as the result of sexual immorality, be it their fault or not (see last paragraph here). They even appeal to the example of Christ "of loving ministry to those who suffer from the results of their own acts of sin." Taken to the next step, then: we should perform visible, tangible acts of love to those who suffer from poverty and other hardships, no matter whose fault it is.

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