A returned missionary, shocked at conditions in America, noted the fall of the family altar as one of the chief changes in American life:
"My father gathered his family together each morning & commended us to God's keeping before we separated for the duties of the day.
On my return from India I found that he had given up the practice of family prayer entirely & that my younger brothers & sisters were individualists who cared nothing for the moral & religious influence of the home.
What is true of my father's household is true of many homes throughout the length & breadth of the land. The home is no longer a unit; family life, with its spiritual & moral training is very largely a thing of the past.
This in my judgment is the explanation of the lack of moral earnestness & disregard for the rights of others so strikingly apparent to me after an absence of a comparatively few years."
Acts 10:2 (NIRV) says: “Cornelius and all his family were faithful and worshiped God…”
“If therefore our houses be houses of the Lord, we shall for that reason love home, reckoning our daily devotion the sweetest of our daily delights; and our family-worship the most valuable of our family-comforts. A church in the house will be a good inheritance to be left to your children after you.” - Matthew Henry.