Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Families under pressure

Members of our church staff have been reading Building Faith at Home: Why faith at home must be the church's #1 priority by Mark Holmen. If you get a chance to read this book do so. It will open your eyes about the pressures today's families face. Here's a quote from the book:

"Families today have more things competing for their time than ever before. Whether or not we want to admit it, the Church is in competition with the world.

Jack Eggar, president and CEO of Awana Clubs International, once said, "There has never been a time in history when the children of the world have been more spiritually at risk than they are today. A plethora of competing worldviews and warped values flow freely throughout society - directly into the minds of children, where they stay a lifetime."

Just a few decades ago, the church played a much more significant role in the lives of families. It wasn't unusual to see businesses closed on Sundays, and public schools wouldn't give homework on Wednesdays because that evening was "church night." Families were committed to being at church whenever the doors were open."

Have we come a long way!