“Needed: Christian Fathers”

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Every year, on the third Sunday of June, fathers throughout the USA are lavished with gifts and lauded with words of thanksgiving from their wives, children, friends, and culture. And although most of this praise is well-deserved, only sixty percent of our children enter life with two married parents (and only forty-six percent live in a home with their own biological father and mother, in their first marriage), many homes have no father who’s present (roughly forty percent), which has contributed much to our massive societal problems. 

Recently, one observer of this sad phenomena (a policeman) made this incisive comment, “You know, if fathers just did what they were supposed to do, half of the junk we face on the streets would not exist.” I believe that this simple statement is spot on! Oh fathers, please understand this truth, as your life goes, so goes your family, your church, and your nation. So, if you miscarry in this basic calling in your life, it will cripple your family, church, and nation; but, if you embrace it with humility and love for Jesus Christ and His Word; then your family, church, and nation will spiritually prosper to the glory of God! So, what we need today, in large numbers, are real fathers! Families need them, churches need them, and our nation needs them. And what is a real father? He’s a man who loves God more than his family, church, and nation. That is, he’s a man who fears God and strives to keeps His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)! Therefore, as a Christian father, I am increasingly aware of God’s grace, in all that has been proven to be fruitful in my life, through my feeble parenting and family leadership; while at the same time, I am sadly and painfully aware of so much of those same areas that need my constant sober reflection and reformation. Indeed, I also know, as a father, that loving my wife before our children needs to be a daily demonstration; while at the same time, I feel the weight of my need to faithfully attend to my spiritual walk before God for my wife, children, and the glory of God. This weight continuously reminds me of my daily need for repentance and joyful reliance upon the Lord (John 15:5). And, it directs my path toward depending on God’s strength to accomplish it (Ephesians 6:10), while relying upon His grace to carry out this awesome responsibility and privilege (2 Corinthians 12:9). So then, this high calling, reminds me that I must strive daily to more deeply know, meditate upon, and aim to apply, the following two passages (among many): [1] Deuteronomy 6:4-7, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise”; and [2] Psalm 78:4-8, “We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and His might, and the wonders that He has done. He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.” In conclusion, let us learn from the wise old puritan, William Gurnall, who once said, “The father is a debtor to his child, and owes him love, provision, and nurture.” Oh God save and awaken the fathers in our homes, churches, and in this great nation, toward this great end! And may our hearts agree with and confess these timeless truths about this great need! This thinking begins with our preparation today, to encounter the living God tomorrow morning, in our public Worship, through the praises and prayers of His people, and through the reading and preaching of His Holy Word! Soli Deo Gloria!

 

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