Christian homes do not just happen. They are built by Christian men and women who sense something of the beauty, the wonder, and responsibilities involved.

After the Creation the home was the first institution established in the divine economy. Since that time it has been the central unit of the social order.

In Japan one sees dwarf trees, many of them representing birds, animals, and even works of art. They are living trees, dwarfed by a secret process, and their formations are determined by careful bending and pruning during the growing years. Similarly in the home the lives of tomorrow’s citizens are molded and trained. In very large measure the character of the home determines the character of the nation.

When Hitler’s forces threatened the shores of England, Winston Churchill, that sturdy old warrior and incarnation of the Britain that was, announced to his people: “I have nothing to offer you but blood, sweat, and tears.” Building a Christian home can prove to be a battle, for Satan hates and fights against the efforts of those who try to establish one. Only consecrated parents know the blood and sweat and tears involved—the hard work, courage, steadfastness, sleepless hours, wrestling in prayer. But they do not work alone.

A Christian home means first of all that Christ is the Lord of the home and that he has pre-eminence in the lives of those who live there.

Immediately after entering Westminster Abbey one notes the tomb of David Livingstone, located in a conspicuous place of honor by a nation that recognized his greatness and the contribution he has made in opening a continent for Christ. What kind of a home did Livingstone come from? A biographer writes:

The home in which David Livingstone grew up was bright and happy, ...
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