Original Published, November 2014
In the game of modern football, the goalkeeper acts as the last line of defence and at the same time initiates the attack. When the keeper is beaten the entire team is beaten. So also does the home function as a family unit, and whatever happens to the family affects every aspect of society. “When the foundation is destroyed what can the righteous do?”- Psalm 11:3
Not quite long ago, formation of human identities was determined by pre-established social roles and norms; and the home, functioning as a family unit, was the first school, the first church, the first mosque and the first government where the child had their orientation into public life. Society/neighbours and school were vital support systems to the family, but parents bore the ultimate responsibility of raising their children. That was then.