Confronting the Household Gods
Do contemporary Christians, in the absence of adequate ecclesiologies, tend to idolize the nuclear family as the site of their primary loyalties? Has the American family replaced the Church as the locus of Christian emphasis?
Various concerned theologians consider modern American evangelicalism’s glorification of the family to be the last great stronghold of pagan idolatry. These theologians contest that just as the Christian must submit that his first social responsibility is owed to the Church rather than to the state, so must the Christian regard his family loyalties as relativized under the superceding loyalty demanded by Christ and His "family," the Church. Christian families must thus identify themselves as the Church's families, the Church's creations, and the Church's servants; every Christian home is intended to be the Church's missionary outpost.