In today's world, we see TV shows which depict parents as " the without a clue" bunch while the young people are shown as " I do what I want" bunch. There is truly an attack on the family these days. The enemy desires to destroy the family because the family unit is the single most powerful force in the world. The Christian Family has the ability to shake nations, call down principalities, conquer would be obstacles, and demonstrate the love of Christ to the masses. When it is functioning like God intended then there is nothing that could hold it back. God has always desired for families to represent him throughout the world. It grieves Him when children rebel against their parents for basically selfish reasons.
I tell my children that the proper way to act is by being obedient to your parents whether you agree with them or not. God will judge us parents if we do something wrong. Parents , in turn, are not to provoke their children into rebellion. We can easily do this by spoiling them and never thinking they do anything wrong. Many parents do this and the children suffer. Your children are humans living in a sinful world. There are going to be temptations which come against them. They have the choice to rebel or not. The key is do your children rebel because of your bad parenting or because of your stance for Christ. These are two different things. God is calling us to be a holy Family Unit. It is the family which makes up the family of God. The church should be filled with whole, complete, Jesus following families. The family unit is so amazing and so beautifully designed that it can encompass others and make them a part of their personal family unit. A family that is snobbish or too self-centered is a family which is not after God's own heart. My family has always welcomed others in. My Children have uncles and aunts which are not biologically their uncles or aunts.
Some Christian families don't allow a mingling of church families. They are not demonstrating the true example of Christ. Jesus intended for the Family unit to expand into other family units and help birth the local church. His vision was to see strong families worshiping together and serving together. In my past churches, I have always tried to keep this vision of Christ alive. It is OK to spend a lot of time with each other. It is OK to see each other as a close family unit. This is the will of our Father. The mentality starts first within the family and spreads into the church family.
The enemy knows that once the people of God discover this truth; he is done for. In the average family, the Father has to be the spiritual leader, the wife has to be the submissive woman and full of faith, and the children have to be obedient and followers of the Lord. This is God's design and purpose. The family has been beautifully woven together to demonstrate God's love for mankind. I pray that we all fulfill our roles correctly in the days ahead.