Friday, January 6, 2012

House Rules


I just discovered a form of teaching on the subject of how households (families) are to follow a rule of order as described in Scripture. Martin Luther referred to them as the Haustafel or house-table, a table of rules for Christian households. These are found in the following passages:

  • Ephesians 5:21-6:9
  • Colossians 3:18-4:1
  • Titus 2:4-10
  • I Peter 2:18-3:7
I've always read these through without realizing they were found in four different books of the Bible, given by both Paul and Peter. This emphasis should stir us up to the importance of studying and implementing these directives as Christian households, especially in the day and age in which we live.

According to the Wiktionary, "It implies the highly practical nature of the instructions: an individual's "haustefel duties" are not related to abstract beliefs they are expected to hold to, but rather to specific actions they are expected to perform."

"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. " (James 1:22)