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Faith Integration On Family And Intimate Relationships

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“F.A.M.I.L.Y”… people who are bonded together through love. It is a relationship that cannot be broken through the sunshine and rain, living together under one roof, everyone taking care of each other; from the youngest to the oldest. This is my definition of family. You may hear the word family and think of a mother, father and child. To me, family is more than that. When it comes to love; “L.O.V.E’’, it’s a feeling you have for a person or thing. A relationship that is bound together such as: marriage, boyfriend and girlfriend or just friends/ best friends (Diana Sociology in our Time, Chapter 17 “Families and Intimate Relationships (2013) (page 431). Learning about Family and Intimate Relationships in Chapter 15 deepened my thought of what a true family and intimate relationship is. It also allowed me to think about how it relates to my life as a Christian in today’s society and how it influences me being a member of today’s culture and society.
In today’s Society, family may include many types of living arrangements and relationships, including single-parent households, unmarried couples, lesbian and gay couples, parent and children, living in the same household. Many people have different viewpoints of what a family is, how a family should be treated and what a family should look like. (Diana. Sociology in our Time, Chapter 17 “Families and Intimate Relationships (2013) (page 434)) There are two of these different viewpoints. One is the way the secular world feels a family should be or how it should look. The world we live in today does not value the importance of a family the way it used to. Now, you see a major disconnect between parents and their children. In many families that do not have God as the focal point, the parents are consumed with their careers and that therefore creates a disconnection between them and their children. Teenagers have become more and more distant from family life and have begun to act out more than ever before. If you were to look at the family dynamic from back in the day compared to now, you would see a much different connection between each family member. Dinner to families a couple generations ago was sitting down together no matter how busy their days and them bonding and talking and doing life together. Fast forward to present day and the family dynamic has seen a complete par dime shift. Now a family dinner is fast food or a meal where not everyone is present whether it is because of a sport practice/game, dad working late at the office, etc. With all this said, we have a seen a great increase in divorce statistics. According to chapter fourteen in McGraw-Hills sociology book, families have begun to accept divorce as just another chapter in their lives, as if it is not avoidable. This has become a major problem that the church has recognized because throughout the Bible, nowhere is it seen that divorce is even an option unless death, adultery, etc. take place within the marriage.
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