I held my first grandchild over the weekend. She, of course, is beautiful and blessed with good health. This sweet girl that my son and his girlfriend have brought into the world will now take her place as part of our family – a less than perfect family. A perfect family would require perfect people and in a fallen world that is not possible.
God’s Imperfect Family
I do not live in Stepford. I am not a Stepford wife, nor do I have Stepford children. Many believe that to be a part of God’s family, one must have it all together – that to proclaim the Christian faith means that our lives will be exemplary and if it’s not, then we must be spiritual failures. In a perfect family, marriages are joyful, the picket fence is white, grandparents look like they stepped out of a Norman Rockwell painting, and the children wear matching, homemade clothes and make all the ‘right’ choices. Well, I don’t have a picket fence, my life isn’t without troubles, I don’t sew clothes and my children aren’t robots. But I do claim Jesus as my Lord and Savior and that makes me part of God’s family – an imperfect member, but a member non-the-less.
His Love is Great
Non-Christians may scorn our desire to belong to God’s family. At times, our fellow Christians may take a spiritually superior attitude at the choices made by others in God’s family. Family life can be complicated and hard. The same holds true for God’s family. God never said becoming part of his family would be easy, but his love is great and his blessings are many.
I welcome my granddaughter into my less than perfect family, but there is no doubt that she is loved by a perfect, holy, God.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~Romans 5:8