With today being Father’s Day, I thought it would be appropriate to write a post on the topic of fatherhood.
Paul writes “For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.” (1 Corinthians 4:15 NKJV) In other words Paul is stressing to the Corinthians the importance of having a father. Although having many leaders, instructors, and teachers is beneficial and is of great importance, nothing can replace the value of having a father.
What Paul wrote about 2000 years ago speaks enormously to our culture, society, and world today. The statistics of children growing up in a fatherless home is shocking. Children that grow up in a fatherless home are twice as likely to be locked up in prison or incarcerated then children that grow up with a father. 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes. 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes. 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes.
The fathers of our country have dropped the ball. Men today are more likely to sleep around then to stay around. In order for our country to turn around and for us to see these statistics drastically change, we need fathers to step up. We need more fathers to take a stand like Joshua when he said “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15 NKJV)
Where are the fathers today that will say “as for me and my house”? Where are the fathers that are willing to take a stand? Where are the fathers that won’t give in to the temptations of the world? Where are the fathers that will break the generational curses off of their children? Where are the fathers that will stop the cycle? This next generation is looking for answers to their questions. They are looking for instruction. They are hungry and thirsty for the truth. The world is telling them one thing. The Internet, MTV, movies, video games, and music are feeding them lies. What they need is a father to stand up, tell them the truth, and to lead them in the right direction. Read what Solomon writes in Proverbs “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV)
For those of you who are reading this who grew up in a fatherless home or maybe you grew up with a father but he seemed distant or absent from you. I want to let you know that, even though you didn’t have an earthly father, you have a Heavenly Father who loves you and wants the best for you. You don’t have to be another statistic. You are not a mistake. You were made on purpose, with a purpose, for a purpose. Know that today and be encouraged that you have a Father that you can call your own and who you can cry out “Abba Father” to and He will hear your cry and answer you.
For more on fathers click on this link to hear an amazing message by Clayton King that he spoke at NewSpring Church during the Adam & Eve series.