Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The danger of devaluing fatherhood

As a father, trying to raise two boys, and knowing the good influence my late “father”/great-grandfather had in my life, I only wish the warning of this article (from Dr. Al Mohler’s blog) could be sounded all over this country and around the world. Contrary to what seems to be the prevailing opinion in society, fathers do matter.

(Note: For this article, you’ll need to know that “fungible” is a term from the field of Law, “designating movable goods, as grain, any unit or part of which can replace another unit, as in discharging a debt” [from Webster’s New World College Dictionary].)

Before I could publish this post, however, I noticed the latest article at Dr. Mohler’s blog is also related to our society’s devaluing of fatherhood, this time with particular reference to the African-American community.

How did we, as a society, get in this fix? Is not this because we have chosen to ignore God’s word—specifically His word about sexual relations and male headship in the home? If so, then what we are experiencing, at least in part, is the inevitable fruit of the “sexual revolution” of the 60s and 70s, and the feminism of the last half of the 20th century. Because we have failed to submit to God’s commands, our society is suffering. And, by the way, the evangelical church is not spared this suffering. Remember, the divorce rate is as high among professed Christians as it is in the world. Evangelical teens are just as prone to engaging in premarital sex as other teens. Homosexuality is also making its inroads into the evangelical church. Pastors, I dare you to poll your teens on their views of sexuality. I suspect you may be surprised.

Do we remember the second of the “Ten Commandments”? Here’s what God said:

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments” (Exodus 20:4-6).

We’ve made a god—an idol—out of our alleged “rights”, and now our children are paying the price.

Dear Christian, don’t buy into the lies of society. Fathers matter because God says they matter. Children need fathers because a father and a mother in the home, with the father as the head of the home, is God’s design for the family. Let’s obey God. God’s “steadfast love” is only for “those who love [him] and keep [his] commandments.”

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