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Single Parent in the Spiritual Sense
by Terry Barlow
10/18/13
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The increasing manifestation of single parent families in the American cultural profile has spiritual implications too. Those who insist that church is unnecessary to their Christian or spiritual experience are attempting to function in a single parent sense spiritually. They are attempting to be fathered by God without the full compliment experience of being "mothered" by the church community as expressed in the regular experience of being assembled or freshly joined together (as Scripture exhorts us) in a current experience of the Body of Christ, with its ministrations of baptism and communion. Conversely, there are many involved in the churches who have never been spiritually reborn into a personal relationship with God the Father who are depending then on the church alone to "mother them" into salvation. I respectfully submit that the preponderance of single parent families socially, so many through circumstances that are no fault of their own, reflects what was already happening in parallel in the spiritual realm by the attempt to divorce God from God's church, the Body of Christ.  That very Body of Christ, incidentally, has proven in many instances to be part of the solution socially as well, by providing a presence that fills the vacuum left by one parent or another, and lending the needed networks of moral support. 



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