WHERE ARE THE FATHERS
1 Cor 4:15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
As we celebrate another Father’s Day let me say a big “Thanks” to the dedicated fathers who have shouldered the task & responsibility of fatherhood. Having been married nearly 40 yrs and raising 3 children, I know things can get rough & tough sometimes. Although I’ve tried to be a good Dad I realize above all others that I haven’t been a perfect Dad. My dear wife has covered my bases many times in my absence while I was given to the ministry.
Having lost my father from a car wreck at the age of 6yrs old, I understand the importance of being a Dad. My Mother did her best to raise us & did an amazing job with that task. Like other kids without a father I missed so many things I wanted and needed to share with him. My friends all had fathers that could buy them things that were only a dream to us. Although I missed him badly yet I knew he couldn’t be there because of death and not abandonment. I’m certain that I would have missed him in a much different way if he had just forsaken us. I was very young but still remember the love Dad & Mom had for each other & their love and devotion to their children. Somehow, much of that example lived on in me as I grew older. I didn’t know if I would ever be a father, but if I were I wanted to be a parent after the example of my own parents.
Someone once said “the best gift you can give to your children is to love their Mother.” I firmly agree with that statement! Faithful Fathers are the MIA’s (missing in action) today. Our society has done their level best to emasculate the masculine image of fathers today. It is proven that the TV, Hollywood, books, & magazines have labored hard to minimize the important role of the man in the home. The feminist movement has downplayed the role & importance of fathers for our society today. By this attack on families we have seen the roles reverse in the past 50 years. This adds no praise to this group of God hating women that refuse the Bible teaching that the only marriage that God acknowledges is between a man and a woman. This influence from hell has severely damaged the family today.
It is said that 85% of prisoners were raised in a home without a father present, 63% of youth suicides, 71% of High School dropouts, 70% of those in Juvenile Detention are all from fatherless homes. To add insult to injury, young boys raised without a father in the home more often have confused identity and gender roles & struggle to know who they really are. For these and many other reasons Dads you are needed in your home.
Paul said there are plenty of instructors but not many fathers. Instructions can come via phone, letter, mouths of others, etc. but the children need to hear Dad’s voice, his laughter, & most of all feel his love when he speaks to them. Please don’t make your child another statistic & ask God to help you to be the best Dad you can possibility be. God bless each of you & have a wonderful Father’s Day.