All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons and daughters. 15 You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as his children. With this Spirit, we cry, “ Abba, Father. ” 16 The same Spirit agrees with our spirit, that we are God’s children. 17 But if we are children, we are also heirs. We are God’s heirs and fellow heirs with Christ, if we really suffer with him so that we can also be glorified with him.
Ethicist Max Stackhouse offers a fresh vision of how the family may best reconstitute the household. He challenges libertarian and liberationist arguments based on economic ideologies and sociobiological theories that distort the nature and character of love, sexuality, and commitment. Recognizing the inadequacy of current "family values" rhetoric, he seeks to recover a covenantal ethic for the family that accounts for new male-female, parent-child, production-consumption, and household-workplace relationships.