What’s worse than an atheist?
Posted: Friday, October 20
1 Timothy 5:1-25
Verse of the day:
But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers. (1 Timothy 5:8)
What’s worse than an atheist? Someone who won’t care for their own household.
When it comes to following Christ the rubber meets the road in our homes more than anywhere else. Those we live with see the real ‘us’. They know our true character, our temperament, how we treat others, our work ethic and how we spend our money.
Our scripture passage today is specifically referring to providing for widows. In the first century there was no social security or life insurance. Women who lost their husbands were truly destitute. Who should provide for them? Paul’s answer: their children and grandchildren. Paul says in verses 3-4
3 Take care of any widow who has no one else to care for her. 4 But if she has children or grandchildren, their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them. This is something that pleases God.
Interesting…Paul says our first responsibility is to show godliness at home by taking care of our parents. If we’re involved in all sorts of ministry and go on 2 missions trips a year yet neglect those who need help within our own family we have denied our faith by our actions.
When you bring a child into the world there is an intrinsic instinct to protect and provide for that child. You don’t have to be a believer to hold that this is good and normal. To raise a child in the United States from birth to age 18 on average costs $245,000! I bet you didn’t know you had that much money! So Paul makes the point that the child should ‘repay’ their parents by taking care of them.
There are lots of ways to care for an aging parent or grandparent. The gift of time costs nothing. Perhaps they need help with chores around the house or yard. Maybe they need a ride to the store, doctor or church. When we take good care of our families we’re allowing our actions to speak for our faith.