Here in America, our family lives present a strange paradox. We often wish that our families would function in an emotionally healthy way and look something like the family on Leave It to Beaver. Yet it’s normal for a family to be dysfunctional and fractured. There’s our ideal of family, and then there’s the reality.
The same is true for our church family. We have an idea that we should always be united in Christ, always be singing “Blest Be the Tie That Binds,” but the truth is that we fight and are mean to one another. We exclude and do not always love with the love of Christ. Sometimes church life is more like an episode of the Jerry Springer Show than like an episode of Leave It to Beaver.