As Christ followers, we often have a difficult time relating God’s Word to our modern culture and families. So, in what ways has the concept of “the family” changed from Biblical times until now? In what ways do conservative Christians view “the family” similarly and differently than they did in the New Testament era? In what ways are these changes good and in what ways are they not so good?
6) Outsourcing – We have become a nation that outsources just about everything. We get our kids lessons for sports, music lessons, tutoring, spiritual training, etc. We buy our groceries at a store rather than grow them ourselves. We use technology to outsource our entertainment so kids don’t have to entertain themselves. In part, this has been driven by necessity – working 40-70 hours a week doesn’t leave a lot of time for other things. But there are also choices the family has made to value certain things over others; so to make time for those things we see how we can cut time to “make room” for it all.
7) Maturity & Rite of Passage – By and large, in European and American cultures, the age of maturity and marriageability has risen since OT & NT times. We tend to think of young people not being adults until they reach 18-21 years of age (or even beyond more males), and even then they not really ready to be married until much later in their twenties. This wasn’t the case for a LONG time! A Rite of Passage typically took place (Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs in Jewish culture) took place at age 13-16 – and it is then they were marriage eligible. You still see this in various cultures around the world – Quinceanera, for example – but by and large has gone by the wayside.