A Bond Stronger Than Blood

The concept of family has been on my mind lately. For the past several years, members of the older generation, especially in the church, have begun to complain that the power of the nuclear family is waning. They claim that this is the primary cause of many of today’s societal problems. While parental guidance is vital to a child’s formative years, is drifting away from the family unit when one is an adult really the catastrophe that many claim?

I’m not talking about individuals who break away from the family unit and remain solitary, but rather those who seek a tribe outside their kin. There are many people, myself included, who find that they cohere less with their blood relations and more with other groups. Are harmonious belief systems, temperaments, and attitudes less important than DNA?

Did not Jesus  tell us that blood is not the defining factor in family? In Matthew  12:50, Jesus says, “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Christianity is founded on the idea of a stronger bond than blood, the bond of Christ. Why then does the Church insist that blood ties are the strongest there are?

I have many parents and siblings that do not share my blood, but who are family to be nonetheless.

What do you think of the family unit:  is it defined by DNA sequences or spirit?

3 thoughts on “A Bond Stronger Than Blood

  1. I think that there is a lot to be said about blood ties, even though I might agree with you that it isn’t quite as important as is stressed the older generations. I think Thoreau said it well when he said that “[o]ne generation abandons the enterprises of another like stranded vessels.”

    That is not say that blood ties are unimportant, but rather to say that we should realize that every generation tends to want it’s own identity. Like you, I tend to gravitate more strongly towards my friends. I think there is a balance to be kept though because blood family, even when you differ so greatly philosophically from them, can be very great allies in times of trouble because they still have a genetic connection to you, which means that their psychology likely works more like yours does, even when they think differently.

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