Focus on the Family raises money for new project promoting “God’s design” for the family
Currently, Focus on the Family is in the process of raising money for a new project called the Family Project. Their target amount for this endeavor is $5 million.
Jim Daly is the president of Focus on the Family and their organization’s goal is to “help families thrive.” Daly presents the Focus on the Family’s new project in the video clip below.
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The beginning of the video presents grim stats on divorce, fatherless homes and the effects on children, gender issues, same-sex marriage issues. He calls for the Christian community to come together and bring hope and “a way back to God’s design for the family.”
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“I think it’s God’s design for family that will bring the hope for this culture.” ~Jim Daly
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The producer discussed how he aspired to get the audience emotionally involved and moved about the goals of the project. It struck me – – – if this is a valid message, why does the audience need to get pulled in emotionally. Will not facts and Biblical truth be compelling enough? Having been sucked emotionally into an abusive church, my dander rises when I read about someone trying to lure me into a message emotionally, but maybe that’s just me.
Is the message of this project Biblical? Does God’s Word place so much emphasis on God’s design for the family? What if your family does not fit “God’s design?” What if you’ve never married? Are you a failure? What if you left an abusive marriage and are now divorced? With close to 50% of Christian marriages having ended in divorce, what message is this sending you? That you are a failure? Where is your hope now? Are your children doomed to be one of those statistics?
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The Christian Post reported on this project in their article, Focus on the Family Launches $5 Million Project Targeting Family Breakdown, Social Ills.
The project was announced Thursday and is expected to take more than a year to complete. Filming for the documentary began in March and will finish this month, with a release coming to theaters in late spring 2014. The multimedia curriculum will release in mid-summer, and an online training program will launch next winter.
Here is the final paragraph of the Christian Post article:
In the promotional video for the project, Daly asks for financial support, but he also requests prayer. “If you will pray for us and if you will consider supporting us, this project will change the tide for family around the world,” he said.
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* * *12:32 AM on September 07, 2013
I’m in my early 40s, never married, still a virgin, wanted to wait for marriage to have sex. Can I just point out that FOF (‘Focus on the Family’) which has been focusing on the family for about over 30 years or more now, has failed miserably? I’m a social conservative, so I’m sympathetic to some of their views, but they, like the rest of Christianity, has missed the boat, and they keep missing the point.
Focus on the Family has turned marriage and the nuclear family into an idol, when Christ said if you do not put Him first, above your spouse (if you have one) and above your brother, mother, and son, you are not worthy to be His follower. The Bible also esteems singlehood, but does FOF and Christianity as a whole? Nope.
Most Christians either completely ignore singles, or treat them like trash. This impacts marriage. This extreme emphasis on family and youth (the teens and 20 somethings) excludes older Christian singles, which causes singles to stay single longer. The funny thing is, the usual Christian approach to marriage/ family, etc, such as that taken by Focus on the Family, has actually played a part in the huge avalanche of prolonged, unwanted singleness among Christian adults past age 30 who want to get married, and FoF claims they are totally pro-marriage, but they are not. They say they are but are not. Instead of helping us post- age- 30 singles to get married, churches, and these Christian groups such as FOF, obsess about the decay of traditional morality and public relations stunts where they complain about divorce, homosexual marriage, etc, instead of helping hetero singles older than age 30 to get married. You Focus on the Family types are ironically feeding the problems you claim to stand against.
P.S. The Bible does not say anywhere that “family is the building block of society.” Jesus Christ taught that HIS family, believers in Him, are the blocks of the church body not the nuclear family. Jesus said anyone that puts their nuclear family or spouse above Him are guilty of misplaced priorities and are not worthy to follow him (Matthew 10: 37).
Conservative Christians need to repent of making an idol out of marriage and the traditional family. You are excluding singles, divorced, widows, and childless people.Jesus also said he came to turn a father against son, and daughter against mother (Matthew 10: 34-36). Jesus did NOT say he came to protect or endorse the nuclear family.
Singles comprise about 45% of the American population including Christians. How are you Focus on the Family people using un-married adults to help “fight societal ills?” God created singles to help society too, not just married couples or “families.” Unmarried adults also need help as well as childless married couples, not just married couples with children. What are you doing to minister to the particular needs of unmarried and childless people? Maybe you should re-name your organization “We don’t care about singles over age 30” or “We Worship the Nuclear Family” instead.