If BS is saying that his love for god is greater than the love he has for his wife, kids, parents, siblings.... what a piece of shit cuk, beta male, casterated, impotent punk loser.
I mean that not to stir but to describe a man that puts his imagined deity above his own real flesh and blood......and thinks it will score him points.
Religion is shit.
I understand what you're saying Eh!, but I'd still consider the fact that he may be grandstanding. I think most Christians will say these things because they're aware of what it says in the Bible regarding loving God more than your family. So, in an effort to show atheists/agnostics that they truly are different, they'll try to say, convincingly, that they really do love their God more, and they'll give pretty flimsy examples.
The example Bible Student gives, in my opinion, just isn't a really good one. What kind of difficulties was the mother having with her children where the pastor wasn't willing to leave Bible Student and go over to help his wife? Maybe his children were just being a little bit unruly, like kids are apt to do. Is that really an emergency? Maybe this is something that the pastor can later justify to his wife without serious consequences. Maybe this has happened before, and he was able to say "But I was conversing with someone having doubts" or "I was sewing seeds in a non-believer", etc. That could lead to his wife then saying "OK honey, you're right, I'm sorry I overreacted." Something along those lines.
But let's say the pastor is reaching out to 50 college students that have come over to his home, and all of them were mocking Christianity. Then, somehow, the pastor is making headway with them after an hour-long discussion, and he's sensing they may all be on the verge of conversion. He has told them that they must "All put God before their friends, their family, and one day, their spouses and children." At that moment, his words are put to the test. His wife yells down to him that one of his children looks very sick, is throwing up, and might need to go to the hospital. She doesn't drive - only the pastor can drive. Does he turn his back on God, and his attempts to save 50 souls? Does he rush his child to the hospital in that moment - and go against everything he just said - that you must love God more than your family? If he abandons his discussion with the college kids, there's a risk that they'll all think "But I thought this guy said God is more important than family?" and have serious doubts that these Christians are really walking the walk. Anyone can talk a great game - but walking it? Now that's different - shouldn't the pastor trust that God is in control, and that he should continue to talk to the college students?
This is an extreme example, sure. But posed with this dilemma, my suspicion is that most Christians who claim to put God first would immediately forget about that and rush frantically to take their child to the hospital. I'm just trying to show that Bible Student's example isn't a great one, and it's lacking specifics about the severity of the situation. What someone does in the heat of the moment shows what we really are as humans, and shows that putting God first before family is, in all likelihood, complete fantasy. Sounds great on paper - but in the overwhelming majority of cases, is not happening, unless the person is an absolute zealot.