Need some help clarifying some things in my head here. Heard a man preach the other night on idols, and when he was done, the pastor of the church got up and made the statement that we should never allow our family to become an idol; we should never allow our family to become an excuse not to serve the Lord. Used Luke 14:26 (If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.) as a supporting scripture for this statement. Now, I'm of the opinion that this ol' boy meant that some of us will use any excuse we can find to stay home and lounge on the couch. But it occurred to me that a new or younger Christian might misinterpret what he was saying, and take it to mean that the work of the Lord ALWAYS comes before family. For those that remember, I left a church a couple of years ago for a similar reason (the pastor made me choose between the church and my wife; I told him at the time that a house divided cannot stand, and I'll always choose my wife before a church). What I heard that man say is exactly what I heard that pastor that I left say. Yes, they both came from the same seminary school, but that's a topic for another day. Right now, I'm looking for what y'all think. Is this being used out of context? I'm of the opinion that our priorities, which are clearly outlined for us in Ephesians 5-6, are based on relationships, not work; and that our ministry is our job, which in the list of priorities comes well after our spouses and children. Am I off base? Reading too much into the text? I'm interested in what y'all think about this.