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May 10, 2010


I think big, nontraditional, messy families are the best ones.

Amen, sister. What a refreshing viewpoint!

I think you're right: Americans are too obsessed with the idea of the ideal family.

I've seen this in churches I have attended, where childless women are left out of conversations with mommies (I blogged about this recently because it bugged me); singles are viewed with disdain (What's wrong with them? Why can't they get a spouse?); and the divorced are considered "second-class" Christians.

Never mind that so many "ideal" family situations are anything BUT ideal; I think of abuse and neglect and lack of spiritual leadership in the home, etc. Children in those families are not parented; they are left spiritually orphaned.

Never mind that Jesus was single, childless and hung out with a bunch of guys (both married and unmarried) and women (some with lurid pasts). Hardly a nuclear family. And what about Paul and Timothy? They were a family, too!

Just some of my ideas in response to your post. I'm glad you wrote this.

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