Sunday, November 9, 2014

The blessings of the foreigner

Romans 16:9b - “but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. ”
The other day I saw a family at a Chinese food restaurant. Think of that – I saw a family. It may seem like a common thing to you, but when is the last time you saw a family together? The father and mother together, the sons and daughters playing with each other. Not only were they together, but they were enjoying a meal together, dinner. This was a Saturday evening, they ordered pork-fried rice and chicken, I believe.
The reason why this picture is so rare is what we conservatives have known for quite some time as “the breakdown of the family” -the systemic destroying of the nuclear family. Through media, academia, and legislation. This threefold attack Is being waged upon all in the westernized world. This family however was immune due to one precious thing.
They were a Mexican family, perhaps barely knowing much English at all, definitely not using it as the primary language at home. They were poor, probably not having cable at home, etc. They were virtually exempt from any possibility of a corrupt worldview entering into their homes. They certainly had a worldview, and it must have been a pretty healthy one in order to  keep their family intact in the midst of so much dysfunction. So no, they did not have Miley Cyrus in their homes. No, they did not care much about modern worldly wisdom. And as of yet, the government hasn't succeeded in making home a difficult thing to maintain.  There is a sort of blissfulness in ignorance, and blessings from having nothing. This can be said about any immigrant family – Haitian, Mexican, Chinese, etc.
This is a sort of proof that you can have a godly home if you want. It only depends on how badly you want it. How much you are willing to be ignorant of the what is going on in the world today. How much you are willing to abandon the worlds wisdom for God's wisdom. Are you willing to be a stranger and pilgrim in a foreign land (1 Peter 2:1)?