Family is not as important in our society as it once was. Or is it? People desire family and they desire relationship. Most people whether they admit it or not are desperate for intimate relationship with others. Relationships where they are accepted for who they are and are loved for who they are. A family does that. But a family gives and receives more than just acceptance and love.
We get our identity from family. Our father God gives us our identity. When we know who we are and who we belong to we have a confidence that the rest of the world envies. We are not orphans we belong to family. Orphans typically seek their own and are not concerned with others. They are just surviving, getting by. It’s a survival of the fittest. Our family is part of who we are.
We have a responsibility if we are in a family. The Church is a family and God is our father. We are responsible for each other. Families take ownership of the family and family members. However, most churches function more like an orphanage than they do a family. We are here for each other and serve each other not looking out for our own interest but that of others.