This may seem rather arbitrary, but with Veteran’s Day, people in the U. S. get very nostalgic. I read a post by an aunt of mine on Facebook, who thanked God for her Christian heritage from her parents and grandparents.
Here’s the problem I think I’ve had with the idea of the Gospel ordinarily being handed down through families: my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were, when I was born, Oneness Pentecostals. Because of the denial of the Trinity, this places them outside of the orthodox Christian faith as articulated in the classic ecumenical creeds. As a result, I’m not convinced that in my life that God worked through the means of family in impartation of the Gospel to my heart and life. By God’s grace, my parents and brother are all professing Trinitarian and growing Christians.
But what of my grandparents who are not terribly interested in truth? What of the members of my extended family who say things like, “Doctrine divides; love unites”? What sort of a misguided “Christian” backgroundis this?
As a Presbyterian, I affirm that God ordinarily works through the agency of bloodline families. I, by the grace of God, am a Christian despite my upbringing. But does anyone else struggle with this idea? I can’t even discuss this sort of thing with anyone in my (extended) family because of the hyper-emotional response it would evoke where I’d simply come off as a jerk (again).
This is an example of a biblical doctrine that my personal experience doesn’t line up with. This doesn’t make it untrue, but it does necessitate a lot of trust in God and His Word.