Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
One of the most dysfunctional shows on television was The Addams Family (1964–1966). It was a strange family that was not evil but celebrated dark themes; one member slept in a casket; there was a Frankenstein-like member called Lurch; and a hand that walked around by itself was named "thing.
The Addams family couldn't seem to understand why a family that dresses up like vampires, lives in a castle next to a swamp, and drinks blood for an afternoon treat shouldn't be considered normal.
Every type of dysfunctional family seems to make it to television and become a hit.
It's confusing until we consider what the word of God has to say about marriage and the family, their purpose, and their operation.
It all started with the first family, the Adam Family—not the TV version but the Garden of Eden version. That family and God's instruction thereafter give us the prototype of what a real family should be: not dysfunctional, but one that works together for His praise and glory.
We must labor to keep God's example before us. He is our model.
His word, not television, should be our guide.
To avoid becoming the dysfunctional "Addams Family," we should order our family after God's standard: keep him first, and he'll take care of the rest.
The Black Perspective:
African-American families should uphold a godly model of family life, prioritize our faith, and reject dysfunctional influences.
We recognize and address any tendencies towards hurting our families, such as domestic violence. We should seek help, support, and counseling when needed to ensure the safety and well-being of all family members.
To avoid being dysfunctional, we should focus on loving relationships and seek help and support when necessary.