God Loves Families

Reading: Jacob 2 & 3

The sermon to the Nephites by Jacob is a great example of the love God has for families, especially wives and mothers.  In this sermon Jacob condemns the Nephites for starting, on their own, the practice of plural marriage.  He states that they have done great harm to their wives and children in this practice and they had better shape up or else.

There are two points in particular that Jacob makes that I would like to point out, as they relate to families.

First, in Jacob 2:32-33 he makes clear that God will not allow women to become subjugated to the men in their lives.

And I will not suffer, saith the Lord of Hosts, that the cries of the fair daughters of this people, which I have led out of the land of Jerusalem, shall come up unto me against the men of my people, saith the Lord of Hosts.  For they shall not lead away captive the daughters of my people because of their tenderness, save I shall visit them with a sore curse, even unto destruction.

Sometimes society would have us believe that until recently all women everywhere “captives” of their husbands, relegated to the status of property and essentially slaves.  While this may be true at certain places and times in history, it certainly was not always the case and here we see that that is clearly NOT okay with God.

The second point I wanted to bring out is from Jacob 3:7 when Jacob tells the people that the Lamanites are more righteous than them because at least the Lamanites love their families:

Behold, their husbands love their wives, and their wives love their husbands; and their husbands and their wives love their children; and their unbelief and their hatred towards you is because of the iniquity of their fathers, wherefore, how much better are you than they, in the sight of your great Creator?

Clearly, the loving of our family is a basic requirement for righteousness.  Another thing people like to do is to point out how barbaric things were in ancient history, and how violent and awful things were.  However, in tribal times loving and caring for your own family was such a basic thing that no one even questioned it.  Your family was what everything was all about.  I believe the reason the Old Testament has so little to say about families is because it didn’t need to be said, it was such a basic thing and everybody got it. Yet, today, with all of our improved society, we also have the highest divorce rates and children are often neglected and abused.  Are we really more “righteous” than tribal societies, if we have this most basic thing so wrong?

What do you think?  If you think I’m totally off base with this tribal societies are more righteous because they cared for their families tack, then please let me know.  Or, if you have a different way of looking at it drop that in the comments, too.

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