A Father to the Fatherless

A Father to the Fatherless

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Sunday we will celebrate Father’s Day. Although, celebrate, may be overstating it a little. It would seem that with so many people experiencing wounds from their fathers it is a day in America notorious for a lack of excitement. This can be tracked through restaurant sales and phone records on Father’s Day vs. Mothers Day. However, this is not a purely American characteristic of fathers, even the Bible does not provide us with very many solid father figures with which to draw examples of how to lead our families.

In fact statistics in American families where the father is absent are pretty unsettling:

  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census) – 5 times the average.
  • 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the average.
  • 85% of all children who show behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average.  (Center for Disease Control)
  • 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes –14 times the average. (Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26)
  • 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average. (National Principals Association Report)

With all of that being said, the Bible calls on the man to “lead” his household, to train up a child in the way he should go, to discipline a child is to love them, and so on. So, with all the striving of men to advance their careers, their physical appearance, their place in society and their stature in the community…why is it not a desire of men to raise up confident, strong children of integrity?

I firmly believe that the reason man does not see his children as his number one priority in life is because it is the one area the devil works the hardest to blind men of the need. If he can weaken each new generation by debilitating it’s fathers then soon, and very soon, there will be a generation of young men who do not know what it means to lead, and a generation of young women who do not know what it means to be loved.

This is a problem, but, it has a solution, and that is what we will talk about this Sunday at LifePoint Church.

See you there!

Peace,

Nathan Bentley

Psalm 68:5 He is a father to the fatherless…


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