Family togetherness can be a good thing, but, obviously, not always. The Lerma family in Grand Junction, Colorado, were not playing Scrabble, hiking, or watching Disney Movies together. They were working together to bring two pounds of cocaine into this “western slope” community about every ten days or so. They were arrested on Sunday, coming back from Denver. Federico, wife Dolores, 19-year-old daughter Blanca, and a 16-year-old son were all implicated in the drug ring. Blanca even took her 7-month-old child along for the car rides to transport the drugs (via Grand Junction Sentinel, 1/31/12).
It is unfathomable, unwholesome, unthinkable. How parents could not influence, but encourage, sinful behavior is baffling to consider! What were they thinking?
Extreme as it is, this family’s example should cause us to pause and consider what we do as a family when we are together. Are we ever encouraging our children to miss worship and other regular assembly times in order to pursue other activities? Do we watch things with them on TV or at the movies that are spiritually harmful? What do we find humorous and entertaining? Is it ever that which is not spiritually lawful?
We would never contemplate taking our young ones on a drug run, but where are we taking them? Where will where we take them cause them to eventually go? Fathers, as the spiritual leaders of the family (cf. Eph. 5:22-23; 6:1ff), God makes us accountable for our wives and children. Let us rally them around only “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute” (cf. Phil. 4:8).