Will Focus on the Family's family advice help me if I'm not a Christian? I've been listening to some of your radio broadcasts, and I'm intrigued by your guests' unique insights into the nuts and bolts issues of family life. There's just one problem: I don't consider myself a believer and doubt I ever will. Meanwhile, I'm having some serious conflicts with my kids and my spouse, and as a result I'm desperate to take advantage of all the practical assistance I can possibly lay my hands on. What I want to know is this: is your advice relevant only to Christian families? Or can it also apply to unbelievers like me? Do I have to "know the Lord," as you put it, before I can benefit from your marriage and parenting advice?
As we see it, there are two different ways of answering your question. Approaching it from a purely practical perspective, we would probably say no, you don't have to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord in order to benefit from the marriage and family advice our ministry has to offer. Why? Because, as we understand it, that advice is based upon timeless biblical principles. These principles were established in the beginning by the Designer and Creator of the human race. That's why they're relevant and applicable to people of every description, believers and non-believers alike. You should feel free, then, to browse our Website, listen to our broadcasts, contact our staff, and avail yourself of any of the resources you'll find offered at our Online Store. We're confident that you'll find them useful and beneficial in many ways.
That said, perhaps you won't mind if we take a look at your question from a different angle. We're thinking here in terms of the "bigger picture." As you know, we're serious about spiritual realities and deep questions about the ultimate meaning of life. And when we look at life from this perspective, we can only say that, in the final analysis, nothing really makes any difference or matters much if you don't have the Lord. "He who has the Son has life," writes the apostle John; "he who does not have the Son of God does not have life" (1 John 5:12). That's the Christian message in a nutshell.
This explains why our mission here at Focus on the Family is not simply "to help families." We're also trying "to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible by nurturing and defending the God-ordained institution of the family and promoting biblical truths worldwide" (from our official Mission Statement).
If you want to know more about what it means to become a Christian and how you can invite Christ into your life, please don't hesitate to contact us. Focus on the Family has a staff of pastoral counselors who would love to speak with you over the phone.
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