Francis Chan Challenges Christians: Stop Idolizing Family, Put Christ’s Mission First
Yep. Christians idolize the family. I’ve been blogging about that for a few years now.
- March 23, 2016|3:20 pm
BY KEVIN PORTER , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
- Many Christians have lost their edge — their radical, burning fire for Christ, says preacher and author Francis Chan, a firm believer that while family is important, the mission of the Kingdom of God should come first.In a video message recently shared by (Link): ChurchLeaders.com, Chan says that after many Christians get married they place Christ’s mission on the back burner, spending their days in the bubble of relationships, children and the comfort of security.
- The preacher challenges married Christians to stoke the flames of their passion for Christ and his work, and to step out of their comfort zones to take more risks to further His Kingdom.
Chan, who’s been married to his wife, Lisa, for over 20 years and has seven children, asks, “Could I be an example of someone who’s married and has kids and is still thinking ‘Kingdom first?'” He adds, “Your mission with the Lord doesn’t end when you get married,” giving examples of how when people date, or get married, or have children their focus tends to shift from standing on the frontlines for Christ to pouring the majority of their time and energy into nurturing and protecting their relationship, family and security.
“… It’s not about going out in the harvest and being a worker [anymore]. It’s about ‘let’s protect our family now … let’s keep us safe. Let’s find some gated community and keep them all in our house — away from all the bad people.’ There’s no excuse for that.”
The preacher says that the mentality of only worrying about oneself and one’s family causes believers, and even their children, to miss out on life.
“That’s why so many of the kids, when they turn 18, they just ditch God altogether,” says Chan….